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Twelve die in Himachal road accident

IANS  Shimla, April 15, 2013
First Published: 10:08 IST(15/4/2013) | Last Updated: 10:11 IST(15/4/2013)

Twelve people, all belonging to a village in Himachal Pradesh's Chamba district, were killed when a private vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a 700-metre-deep gorge on Sunday night, police officials said.

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All 12 bodies were recovered early on Monday from the wreckage of the vehicle, an official said.

The victims, all from Kuthar village, were returning in a multi-utility vehicle after playing a cricket match.

Police officials said the accident occurred on Sunday night in Badgran panchayat in Bharmour subdivision, some 85km from district headquarters Chamba.

Eyewitnesses said the authorities had a tough time extricating the victims from the gorge.

Chamba is one of remotest places in the state and scarcity and low frequency of passenger buses in the district leads to overcrowding of vehicles.

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