Seven pilgrims killed as bus rams tractor-trolley

Last Updated: Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 09:06

Dehradun/Saharanpur: Seven pilgrims were killed and 23 others injured when a tractor-trolley in which they were travelling plunged into a river after it was hit by a speeding bus here on Sunday.

The mishap occurred at around 2.30 pm on Doon highway, police said, adding the devotees were returning to Biharigarh in Uttar Pradesh`s Saharnpur district in the tractor-trolley after paying obeisance at Daat Kali temple here.

The driver of the UP roadways bus tried to overtake the tractor-trolley and hit it from behind on a bridge, causing the vehicle to break the railing and fall into a river.

The bus driver has been arrested, SSP Saharanpur, Vijay Yadav said.

Seven pilgrims died instantly, he said adding the injured were hospitalised.

Out of the 23 injured, the condition of two was stated to be critical, Yadav said.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 09:06

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