45 killed in Shimla accident (Lead)November 4th, 2008 - 5:09 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, Nov 4 (IANS) Forty-five people, mostly women, were killed and five injured when a private bus rolled down a 200-metre deep gorge in Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla district Tuesday morning, officials said. The ill-fated bus was coming to the state capital here from Kumarsain town when it fell into the gorge near Fagu, 25 km from here.
“Forty-five people were killed on the spot and five were admitted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College in Shimla,” Shimla Deputy Commissioner J.S. Rana told IANS.
Eyewitnesses said the bus was descending a steep gradient when the driver probably failed to negotiate a hairpin bend and the vehicle rolled down the gorge.
He said 51 people were travelling in the bus when the accident took place. The condition of the injured is critical. One passenger is missing.
Rana said most of the victims belonged to Kumarsain, Narkanda and nearby areas.
Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, Transport Minister Kishan Kapoor and Horticulture Minister Narender Bragta reached the spot along with senior officials to oversee the rescue and relief operations.
The administration had a tough time in extracting the victims from the bus. Villagers began the rescue operations before the authorities could reach the spot.
Governor Prabha Rau and Chief Minister Dhumal have expressed grief over the mishap.
- Bus rolls down Himachal gorge, 24 killed (Second Lead) - Aug 19, 2010
- 40 die as bus falls into Himachal gorge (Second Lead) - Aug 11, 2012
- Himachal horticulture minister gets health portfolio too - Aug 14, 2012
- Eight pilgrims killed in Himachal (Lead) - Jul 15, 2012
- 51 killed, 46 injured as bus falls into Himachal gorge (Third Lead) - Aug 11, 2012
- 34 killed in Himachal bus accident (Lead) - Sep 11, 2012
- 24 killed in Himachal road accident (Lead) - Aug 14, 2009
- 51 killed, 46 injured as bus falls into Himachal gorge (Fourth Lead) - Aug 11, 2012
- 27 killed in Himachal bus accident - Oct 25, 2011
- Bus with over 30 people falls into Himachal gorge (Lead) - Sep 11, 2012
- Himachal begins probe into bus accident that killed 46 - Nov 05, 2008
- Six die in Himachal accident - Mar 09, 2011
- 19 killed in Himachal road accident (Lead) - Apr 14, 2009
- 35 killed as bus falls into gorge in Himachal (Second Lead) - Nov 06, 2009
- Seven killed in Himachal accident (Lead) - Mar 09, 2011