As many as 12 people were killed in separate road accidents in Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday. In the first incident, eight people were killed, while 13 others were injured, after a private bus, bearing Uttarakhand registration number, fell into a gorge near Nerwa village, 120km from state headquarters in Shimla.
The bus, which was on its daily route from Vikasnagar to Tiuni (both in Uttarakhand), was passing though a 6km patch that falls in Himachal. According to police information the driver failed to negotiate a sharp curve, which resulted into the mishap. A police official said, “Six people were killed on the spot, while the conductor and the bus owner died while they were being taken to a hospital in Nerwa.” He added that the injured had been admitted to the hospital.
The civil administration officials have said that of the total eight deceased, six had been identified as Muhrat Singh (32), Reena Devi (28), Sanjit Vishwas (52), Kishan Singh, Parmanand Joshi (55) and bus owner Manjit Singh, while a saint (65) and a Nepalese youth were yet to be recognised.
Meanwhile, a case of negligent driving has been registered against the driver and the investigation has been started.
In another incident, four people were killed when boulders hit a Bolero near Rupi village in the Kinnaur district here. Police said of the total five occupants, two died on the spot, while two others died on their way to the hospital and the remaining one has sustained grievous injuries.
Kinnaur superintendent of police Rahul Nath said that the deceased had been identified as Gopal Singh (24), Kamla Devi (36), Prem Bahadur and Akshay Kumar (19), while the injured, Dolma Devi, had been referred to Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) and hospital in Shimla.
Meanwhile, governor Kalyan Singh and chief minister Virbhadra Singh have expressed grief over the accidents.