45 killed in Uttaranchal road mishap
Seventeen others were hurt when the truck in which they were travelling fell into a gorge near Bhikiasein area.india Updated: Jun 13, 2006 22:50 IST
Forty-five people were killed and 17 injured when the truck they were travelling in fell into a gorge near Bhikiasein in Uttaranchal's Almora district on Tuesday, police said.
The cause of the accident was not immediately known. The truck was carrying a large group of people from Vasaut to a nearby village in the Manila area for a marriage when the mishap occurred, they said.
An official statement confirmed the death of 45 people and said rescue and search operations were on in full swing.
The injured were shifted to nearby hospitals and the condition of at least seven people was described as critical.
Chief Minister ND Tiwari expressed shock at the accident and ordered a magisterial inquiry into the mishap. He also directed district authorities to provide immediate relief to the injured.
Tiwari also announced compensation of Rs one lakh for the next of the kin of the dead and Rs 25000 for the injured.
Ironically, the marriage party had set out in a bus. Following an argument with its driver, the party left the bus and boarded the truck.