Sangla: At least 21 people killed and another 15 injured when a private bus fell down about 400 feet into gorge at Rohtrung village of Kinnaur district.
As per the information, 15 people died on the spot while others succumbed to their injuries on their way to the hospital. The driver and conductor were among the dead. Most of the deceased are from surrounding villages of Sangla.
Official told that the injured have been rescued and rushed to a local hospital. Four of them were also reported serious.
The seventeen injured were airlifted from Reckong Peo to Shimla and were admitted in IGMC, Shimla.
The bus was carrying about 35 passengers was on its way from Sangla to Kalpa when the mishap took place.
The bodies of the deceased have also been retrieved and would be handed over to the family members after the spot post mortem.
The cause of the accident is not know yet, but eyewitness stated that the bus was overloaded and when it tried to turn one of its wheels was hanging out of the road.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has expressed grief over the accident and The Chief Minister directed the administration to provide immediate relief to the family members of the deceased and those injured in the accident. He also directed Health authorities to provide best treatment to the injured admitted.
As per the directions of Chief Minister the district administration provided the immediate financial relief to the injured and next of the kins of the deceased as per Relief Manual..
Brij Bihari Lal Butail, Speaker, H.P. Vidhan Sabha, Vidya Stokes, Irrigation and Public Health Minister, Kaul Singh Thakur, Health and Family Welfare Minister, G.S. Bali, Transport Minister, Sujan Singh Pathania, MPP and Power Minister, Thakur Singh Bharmouri, Forest Minister, Mukesh Agnihotri, Industries Minister, Sudhir Sharma, Urban Development Minister, Prakash Chaudhary, Excise and Taxation Minister, Dr. (Col.) Dhani Ram Shandil, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Anil Sharma, Rural Development Minister, Jagat Singh Negi, Deputy Speaker, H.P. Vidhan Sabha, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries and BJP leaders have also expressed grief over the accident.
Update: Inquiry ordered into Kinnaur bus mishap
Transport Minister G.S Bali has ordered the inquiry into the Kinnaur bus mishap. He said that the Joint Commissioner, Transport will conduct the inquiry to ascertain the cause of accident.