At least 14 people are feared killed after a Delhi-bound bus of the Uttarakhand Transport Corporation (UTC) fell into a deep gorge in the hills of Almora district on Saturday afternoon.
As many as 22 were injured when the speeding bus carrying around 36 passengers slipped into the gorge.
The district disaster management control room said rescue and search operation started immediately after the accident that took place around 1pm at village Thyadi in Bhanoli Tehsil.
Senior officials including the district magistrate and the senior superintendent of police rushed to the accident site.
“The gorge is too deep and narrow. It has made rescue operations difficult. So far, 10 bodies have been recovered by the rescue teams. Fourteen passengers are feared dead,” said Shyam Singh Rawat, Bhanoli police station in-charge .
According to the disaster management control room, the UTC bus (No: UK 07 PA 1093) was moving at more than the prescribed speed during a steep climb. It lost control and plunged into the gorge, which is more than 50m deep.
All the injured persons were rushed to Dhauldevi block hospital for medical aid. The bus was going to Delhi from Munsyari block and took a route that Delhi-bound corporation buses don't usually take.