Dehradun, July 1: At least 47 people were killed and 11 injured after a bus fell into a 60-meter gorge in Pauri Garhwal district in Uttarakhand.
While 45 of them died on the spot, the critically injured were rushed to the hospital. The accident happened on the Pipali-Bhoan motorway in Pauri Garhwal’s Nainidanda block.
The police and a team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are engaged in rescue operations.
The incident occurred near Gween village when the overloaded private bus fell into the 200-metre-deep gorge, Pauri Superintendent of Police Jagat Ram Joshi said.
Death toll in Nainidhanda accident rises to 47. 11 people have been injured in the accident where a bus fell down a gorge in Pauri Garhwal district's Nanidhanda earlier today. #Uttarakhand pic.twitter.com/7g63BqqKTv
— ANI (@ANI) July 1, 2018
According to the police, the accident took place at about 9 a.m., near the Queens Bridge on the Pipli-Bhaun road when the driver lost control of the 28-seater bus which was headed to Ramnagar from Bhaun.
Eight injured people were rushed to nearby medical facilities out of which four were in “very critical” condition.
Inspector General of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) Sanjay Gunjial has informed that a chopper has been rushed to airlift the remaining injured people.
According to initial reports of ANI, Garhwal Commissioner Dilip Jawalkar said ” About 20 bodies have been recovered, 12 injured referred to hospital after a bus fell down a gorge in Pauri Garhwal district’s Nanidhanda area. Number of casualties expected to rise.”
The police and a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are facilitating rescue operations.