Six pilgrims killed in Himachal road accident

June 21st, 2009 - 11:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, June 21 (IANS) Six people including three women were killed when a truck carrying a group of pilgrims rolled down a gorge in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district Sunday, police said.
“Six passengers, who were travelling in the truck, were killed when it fell into a gorge near Dharamsala town Sunday,” Superintendent of Police Atul Kumar Fulzele told IANS on telephone.

He said 35 passengers were injured in the accident.

“Some of the injured were rushed to the zonal hospital in Dharamsala. Nine of them, who were grievously injured, were referred to the Rajendra Prasad Medical College in Tanda,” he added.

The truck was carrying 55-60 pilgrims from Shawara village in Kangra district to a nearby shrine, the official said.

Dharamsala is in Kangra district, around 275 km from Shimla.

According to police, the truck driver had turned the truck into a double-decker by fixing wooden planks so that he could squeeze in more passengers.

The practice is prohibited but common in Himachal Pradesh, especially during religious festivals.

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