At least 28 passengers were killed and nine injured after a bus plunged into a 700-metre gorge in Himachal Pradesh, ANI reported.
— ANI (@ANI_news) July 20, 2017
The reportedly accident took place at Rampur, near Shimla on the Hindustan-Tibet National Highway. The bus carrying about 40 persons was on its way from Reckong Peo in Kinnaur to Nauni in Solan.
A magisterial inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident. However, preliminary investigations said a tyre burst led to the accident.
Bodies of all 28 victims have been recovered and 11 of them have been identified. The deceased included 18 men, Nine women and a child. Four of the seriously injured persons have been referred to IGMC Shimla and four other were undergoing treatment at Civil Hospital, Khaneri.
The government has announced immediate relief of Rs 10,000 has been given to the next of kin of the deceased.
Additional district Magistrate Suneel Sharma is at the spot supervising relief and rescue operations.
A CISF team is on the spot while a NDRF team from Sunni is on way to Rampur.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh expressed grief over the accident. He also directed the concerned officials to ensure all possible help.
रामपुर बुशहर में हुई दुखद बस दुर्घटना में मारे गए यात्रियों के लिए गहरा शोक व्यक्त करता हूँ, हर संभव मदद पहुंचाने के निर्देश जारी किए गए हैं — Virbhadra Singh (@virbhadrasingh) July 20, 2017
Several political leaders offered condolences and prayed for speedy recovery of the injured:
My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones in the tragic bus accident in Himachal Pradesh. May those injured recover quickly: PM
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 20, 2017
Pained to know about the loss of lives in a bus accident in Rampur(H.P). My condolences to the bereaved families, may injured recover soon.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) July 20, 2017
Cong pres Sonia Gandhi expressed her distress&profound grief at Shimla bus accident, asked HP govt to take immediate relief &rescue measures — ANI (@ANI_news) July 20, 2017
My condolences to deceased and prayers for recovery of injured of Bus accident which took place near Rampur H.P. today.
— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) July 20, 2017
Grieved to learn about tragic bus accident in Rampur, Himachal. My thoughts are with the affected families. Wish speedy recovery to injured. — ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) July 20, 2017
With inputs from PTI
Updated Date: Jul 20, 2017 13:58 PM