Sixteen people killed as bus falls into 300-ft deep gorge in Uttarakhand
DEHRADUN: Sixteeen people were killed and seventeen other
suffer injuries when a bus in which they were travelling fell into a gorge in
Tehri district of Uttarakhand on Saturday.
A total of 33 persons were on board the bus when it
fell into a 300 ft deep gorge near Juyalgarh, Tehri superintendent of police
Mukhtar Mohsin said.
Nearly half of the bus was submerged in a local
stream, which joins River Alaknanda, after the accident, he said.
The bus was going from Haridwar to Karnaprayag. The
mishap occurred as the driver tried to overtake another vehicle. 16 bodies have been recovered and 17 persons
were rescued alive from the mangled remains of the bus, Moshin said.
Tehri is about 120 km from Dehradun. All the injured
were admitted to Srinagar base hospital from where two of them who had
sustained minor injuries were discharged after first aid.
Rest of them are undergoing treatment. Expressing deep
shock at the loss of lives in the accident, Chief Minister Harish Rawat announced
a compensation of Rs 1-lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs
50,000 each for the injured.