India: Bus plunges 150m into mountain gorge, leaving 18 (mostly students) dead, 14 injured, in Himachal Pradesh – 070613 1830z

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(Photo: EPA/ruvr.ru) Bus plunges 150m into mountain gorge, killing 18 people, in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh

Eighteen people were on Friday killed and 14 others injured – some of them seriously, when a bus rolled down in a 500 feet deep gorge in Sangrah Tehsil of Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh.

All the bodies have been recovered and injured persons have been admitted to hospitals at Solan and Rajgarh, Sirmaur SP, Sumedha Dwivedi, told PTI over phone from the spot.

The bus carrying 35 passengers was on its way from Punradhar to Solan when the mishap took place.

The bus left Punradhar around 7.00 a.m. and the accident took place a few minutes later, the SP said.

A large number of villagers rushed to the accident spot and helped the local administration in rescue work. The injured were rushed to Solan and Rajgarh hospitals. The deceased are yet to be identified but most of them are from Punradhar and surrounding villages, police said.

Most victims are said to be students studying in colleges in Solan and Rajgarh.

Friday, 07 June, 2013 at 12:13 (12:13 PM) UTC RSOE

Other Reports

18 Killed and Dozens Injured in Himachal Pradesh Bus Mishap

By Shruthy Keerthy | June 7, 2013 9:24 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh got its second major shock in a month when eighteen people were killed and 14 others injured as a bus carrying them fell into a 500 deep feet gorge in Sirmaur district of the state.

The accident took place at Sangrah Tehsil of Sirmaur district on the bus ferrying from Punradhar to Solan. The bus was reportedly carrying around 35 persons when the mishap took place. The exact time of the accident is not known, but is believed to have taken place sometime around 7:00 to 7:15 am, shortly after the bus left from Punradhar.

According to authorities, all the bodies have been recovered. A number of villagers were said to have rushed to the spot and helped the local administration in rescue efforts. Some of the injured are in critical condition and have been admitted to various hospitals at Solan and Rajgarh. Most of the deceased have not been identified yet, but many are believed to be mainly from Punradhar and nearby villages. Many of the victims of the mishap are said to be students studying in colleges in and around Solan. Authorities are probing into the cause of the mishap.

 

The accident is the second to have happened this week in the same area. Earlier this week, four persons were killed when their car rolled into a gorge near Bogdar, a village in Sirmaur district.

As many as 500 black spots (chief accident prone areas) have been identified by Himachal Pradesh authorities after fatal road mishaps were identified as one of the major reasons of deaths in the state. Sirmaur is one of the remotest areas in the state and overcrowding of existing vehicles account to more number of casualities.

Earlier this month on 8 May, 40 people were killed when a private bus fell into River Beas in Jhiri Village of Mandi district.

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