Dehradun: Twelve persons including a French national and four women were killed and 27 injured in two separate road accidents in Uttarakhand on Tuesday prompting Chief Minister Harish Rawat to ask officials to think up ways to rein in such mishaps.
Four women were among eight killed in Sult area of Almora district and 15 others injured when the bus they were travelling in fell into a deep gorge at Chaurighatti near Bhatronjkhan.
The mishap occurred at around 8 am, killing eight on the spot and leaving at least 15 injured, District Disaster Management Officer Rakesh Joshi told PTI on the phone.
Eight bodies were recovered from the spot located about 60 km from the district headquarters and 15 others who sustained injuries have been rushed to PHC Bhatronjkhan and the civil hospital Ranikhet, he said.
Four of the injured were later referred from Ranikhet civil hospital to Sushila Tiwari Hospital Haldwani, Joshi said.
Though 15 injured have been hospitalised their number could be a little more as some who escaped with minor injuries were taken to hospital by relatives and acquaintances and were discharged after first aide, he said.
The Garhwal Motor Owners' Union bus met with the accident when it was going from Masi in Almora district to Ramnagar in neighbouring Nainital district, Joshi said.
The bodies have been identified as Kanti Devi (70), Asha Brijwasi (60), Gobindi Pandey (40); Bhairav Datta Joshi (36), Pradeep Thapliyal (40) and Sabbir Ahmad (32).
Two bodies one each male and female could not be identified, he said.
In the other incident post afternoon four persons including the French national and a Delhi resident were killed
and 12 others injured when a jeep (TATA Max) fell into the Yamuna at Silai bend on Delhi-Yamunotri road in Uttarkashi district.
24-year-old Martin, the French national, was among three persons killed on the spot whereas Delhi resident Devanand Jha succumbed to injuries at Badkot hospital, SDM Badkot Rajkumar said.
12 others including Lithuania resident Greta were also injured in the mishap who continue to be under treatment at Badkot hospital, he said.
Chief Minister Rawat expressed grief at the loss of lives in the two incidents. He also visited the Ranikhet Civil hospital to enquire after those under treatment and announced a compensation of Rs one lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased.
He also asked officials to make adequate arrangements for the treatment of the injured.
He also asked officials to devise measures to control such tragic incidents as he expressed concern over growing road accidents in the state.
Updated Date: May 26, 2016 09:08 AM