As many as 45 people, including 40 students who were on their way to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Dharamshala, sustained injuries when the bus, in which they were travelling, skidded off the road and fell into a gorge near Lunj town, 37 km away from the Himachal city.
It is learnt that a tree stopped the bus from further rolling down into a deeper ditch. Around 14 students have been referred to Tanda Medical College near Kangra after first aid. PM Modi has expressed grief over the accident and asked Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur to provide adequate support to the injured. The CM later visited the injured in the hospital.
Station House Officer of Kangra police station Mehar Singh confirmed to The Indian Express that there were 40 students, including 29 girls – all in 20-22 age group – of a skill development computer centre in Nagrota Surian and four staff members in the bus.
“When the bus reached Lunj, around 12-13 km from Nagrota Surian, it met with the accident while overtaking a vehicle. The bus was not only over crowded, but also at a high speed, due to which the driver lost control over it,” said a police officer.
“The bus had a capacity of 30 passengers, while 45 persons were travelling in it,” said the officer.
The driver of the bus, Ashok Kumar, who is also injured, has been booked for negligence.
“It was so sudden that all of us fell upside down in the bus and could not get time to manage ourselves,” told a staff member to the police, while recording statement. The SHO said all the injured were first admitted to Primary Health Centre in Lunj and after first aid some of them were discharged. “Those who had internal injuries were referred to Tanda Medical college,” said the SHO, adding that all are stable.
Later, CM Thakur, along with Governor Aharya Dev Vrat and Health Minister Vipan Parmar, visited the students in the hospital and asked doctors to take proper care of all the injured.