16 people were killed and 15 injured when the bus they were travelling in rolled down a gorge and plunged into a stream in Uttarakhand’s Tehri district on Saturday in one of the worst road accidents in the hilly state in recent times.
Tehri Garhwal superintendent of police Mukhtar Moussin said the accident occurred at Juyalgarh near Srinagar Garhwal, 40 km from Pauri, at around 11.30 am.
The bus was going from Rishikesh to Chamoli when the driver lost control while overtaking another vehicle at a sharp bend, police said quoting survivors.
There were 33 passengers on the bus named ‘Nandadevi Express’ (UK 07/TC 0702) when the mishap occurred.
15 persons have been admitted to the base hospital at Srinagar with varying degrees of injuries. Two of the passengers escaped with minor injuries and released after first-aid.
Moussin said all the bodies have been retrieved from the mangled remains of the bus, which rolled down nearly 20 feet into the gorge before coming to rest half-submerged in the stream.
Earth-moving vehicles and cranes have been deployed to retrieve the bus from the stream.
Expressing shock at the loss of lives in the accident, chief minister Harish Rawat announced compensation of Rs 1 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each for the injured.