28 killed as bus plunges into gorge in Himachal

Shimla: Twenty-eight passengers were killed and eight injured when a bus plunged into a 500-feet-deep gorge in Himachal Pradesh’s Rampur district today.

The private bus was carrying 36 passengers from Reckong Peo in Kinnaur to Nauni in Solan when the accident took place on the Hindustan-Tibet National Highway, about 140 km from here.

A magisterial inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident. However, preliminary investigations said a tyre burst led to the accident.

Bodies of all 28 victims have been recovered and 11 of them have been identified, said Deputy Commissioner of Shimla, Rohan Chand Thakur.

The deceased included 9 women and a child. Four of the seriously injured persons have been referred to IGMC Shimla and four others were undergoing treatment at Civil Hospital Khaneri.

Thakur said an immediate relief of Rs 10,000 has been given to the next of kin of the deceased.

Additional District Magistrate Suneel Sharma is at the spot supervising relief and rescue operations.

A CISF team is on the spot while a NDRF team from Sunni is on way to Rampur.