Four killed, 40 wounded after bus rolls 300 feet down mountain in North Sikkim

Gangtok: Four persons died on the spot and 40 others were injured, seven of them critically, when a Sikkim Nationalised Transport (SNT) bus rolled down 300 feet from a mountain road at Ambithang in North Sikkim district on Thursday.

Official reports received from the district said the accident took place when the SNT bus driver tried to overtake another vehicle at the narrow stretch near the North district headquarter town and fell on the road below.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

The bus was on way to Mangan, the North district headquarter from Gangtok about 70 kilometres away. The accident took place about 1 kilometre from Mangan at around 11.45 am, the reports said.

Immediately after the accident, army and police personnel and representatives of the district administration as well as locals rushed to the spot and carried out rescue operations.

Three bodies were retreived from the bus 41 injured were rushed to the local public health centre. After first aid the injured were moved to hospitals in Gangtok, where another passenger died.

The bus driver is among the critically injured.

Chief Minister Pawan Chamling visited the injured at the hsopital in Gangtok and assured them of help. He also handed over cheques of Rs 2 lakh to the kin of each of the three dead and Rs 50,000 to each of the injured.

State transport minister DT Lepcha, senior offciers of the department and SNT rushed to the spot.


Updated Date: Aug 17, 2017 20:39 PM

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