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Bus falls into gorge in Uttarakhand’s Tehri Garhwal, 2 killed, 34 injured

The driver of the private bus, which was on its way to Rishikesh, lost control over the vehicle after which it skidded into a field and rolled down into a 25metre deep gorge.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2018 14:08 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
Bus falls into gorge in Uttarakhand,Tehri Garhwal,Uttarakhand
A bus carrying 36 passengers fell into a gorge in Tehri, two died on the spot.(HT Photo)

At least two people were killed and 34 others injured on Tuesday morning after the bus they were travelling in fell into a gorge in Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, police said.

“At least two women have died in the accident whose identities are yet to be ascertained,” Praveen Alok, an official of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), said.

Thirteen people have sustained serious injuries and were rushed to Rishikesh and 21 others, who sustained minor injuries, were given primary treatment at a healthcare centre in Pav ki Devi and released. They would be taken to Rishikesh if needed, police officials said.

Officials said the accident happened at around 8am on Link Road near Badrinath National Highway, 45km from Munikreti police station and 25km away from Gular police outpost.

The driver of the private bus, which was on its way to Rishikesh, lost control over the vehicle after which it skidded into a field and rolled down into a 25metre deep gorge. Initial information suggests that the bus had a seating capacity of 22 passengers and 36 people, including driver and conductor, were on board.

Local police from at least three police stations have been sent to the spot to rescue the people.

“A team of about 30 SDRF members with necessary equipment have rushed to the spot soon after we received the information. They are yet to reach there after which exact information about the injured and deceased could be extracted,” Alok said.

First Published: Aug 28, 2018 14:08 IST