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Himachal bus accident: 10 bodies yet to be identified from the wreckage

Ten of the 45 passengers who were killed when a private bus fell into a Himachal Pradesh river are yet to be identified even after 24 hours of the accident, an official said on Thursday.

india Updated: Apr 20, 2017 13:27 IST
Himachal bus accident
People stand near the wreckage after a passenger bus swerved off a mountain road and plunged into a gorge on the Tons river in Himachal Pradesh.(AP Photo)

Ten of the 45 passengers who were killed when a private bus fell into a Himachal Pradesh river are yet to be identified even after 24 hours of the accident, an official said on Thursday.

Two people, including the conductor, managed to escape by jumping off the bus belonging to Uttarakhand as it skidded off the road and fell into the Tons river, a tributary of the Yamuna, more than 250 metres below the road.

The accident spot, 12km from the Uttarakhand border, is near Gumma in Nerva tehsil, some 190km from the state capital. It is one of the remotest places in the state.

Sub-divisional magistrate Anil Chauhan said 10 bodies that are in a badly mutilated condition are yet to be identified.

“All the bodies have been sent to the government hospital in Nerva,” he told IANS.

Nerva is some 30km from the accident spot.

Out of the 45 victims, 13 belonged to Himachal Pradesh, 18 from Uttarakhand and four from Uttar Pradesh.

The bus was on its way to Tuini from Vikasnagar town (both in Uttarakhand), via Himachal Pradesh.

Rescue workers said the road where the accident occurred was badly damaged and there was no parapet to prevent the vehicle from rolling down.

Himachal Pradesh transport minister GS Bali has ordered a probe to ascertain the cause of the accident.