Crime & Safety

14 killed, 10 injured in Chamba bus accident

SHIMLA

Fourteen people were killed and 10 others injured when a private bus they were travelling in fell into a 300 feet deep gorge in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh on Saturday. The bus was on its way from Chamba to Himri in Saluni.

12 people were reported killed on the spot while 2 others succumbed to their injuries at the hospital. All the injured were taken to Tissa hospital for treatment. The bus was said to be carrying around 45 passengers at the time of accident. It was the local residents who helped in the rescue operation and brought the injured upto the main road.

While the police is still to ascertain the exact cause for the accident, it says that is appears, prima facie, that the driver lost control over the bus on a sharp bend. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has expressed grief over the accident and has awarded a sum of Rs 10,000 each for immediate relief to the next of the kin of deceased and Rs 5,000 each to the injured.

Musafir Namah Bureau

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