The bodies of at least 12 people were fished out of a swollen rivulet in Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday morning after a mini-bus carrying them skidded off the road and plunged into the waters, police said.
The private bus carrying around 15 people was going from Tissa, some 65 km from Chamba town, towards Dalhousie, Superintendent of Police Madhu Sudan told IANS.
"The bus had covered just 10 km from Tissa when it skidded off the road and fell into the Shikari rivulet," he said.
One injured was rushed to a nearby hospital.
"As per information provided by the lone survivor, there were 15 to 16 passengers on board. The death toll could be high as the rivulet is in spate," he added.
Deputy Commissioner Sharab Negi said the dead included 10 men. Most of the accident victims were locals.
The government has ordered an inquiry into the accident.
Tissa, some 525 km from state capital, is one of the remotest areas of the state.