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12 injured as bus plunges into gorge in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra

The driver claimed that the vehicle went out of control due to failure of the breaks and the steering of the bus also got locked before it plunged into the gorge.

india Updated: Jul 28, 2018 19:45 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Dharamshala
Himachal Pradesh,accident,Kangra
The HRTC bus skidded off the road and plunged into a gorge near Chadhiar in Jaisinghpur sub-division of Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday. (HT Photo)

Twelve people, including five women and three children, were injured when a Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus they were travelling in skidded off the road and plunged into a gorge near Chadhiar in Jaisinghpur sub-division of Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh.

The bus with 14 passengers was en route Jaisinghpur from Chadhiar. The incident took place on Saturday afternoon, 70 kilometers from district headquarters Dharamshala.

Kangra senior superintendent of police (SSP) Santosh Patial said prima facie it seems that a mechanical fault led to the mishap.

“Bus driver Pratap Singh, who is among the injured, in his statement to the police claimed that the vehicle went out of control due to the failure of breaks,” said Patial.

The driver said the steering of the bus also got locked before it plunged into the gorge.

Soon after the incident, locals rushed at the mishap site to help the injured while rescue teams were also dispatched from Palampur and Jaisinghpur.

All the injured were rushed to the Community Health Centre, Jaisinghpur, and civil hospital, Palampur. Later, four grievously injured were referred to Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College (RPGMC) in Tanda.

Police have registered a case of rash and negligent driving against the driver and initiated probe.

First Published: Jul 28, 2018 19:31 IST