DEHRADUN: At least sixteen people were killed after a bus they were travelling in, fell into a 250-metre gorge in Uttarakhand. The Uttarakhand Transport Corporation bus skidded off the Rishikesh-Gangotri Highway and fell into the gorge near Suryadhar. Several others have been injured in the accident.
Soon after the mishap, the local administration and police rushed to the spot. There were 25 people onboard the bus when the accident took place.
The state government has directed helicopters to be made available to bring the injured to AIIMS. It has also announced an ex gratia payment of Rs 2 lakh each to families of the deceased. The injured will also be given Rs 50,000 as compensation. A magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the incident.
Earlier in July, forty-eight passengers were killed after their bus fell into a 200-metre-deep gorge in Paudi Garhwal district in Uttarakhand. While 45 of them died on the spot, the critically injured were rushed to the hospital. Nearly 50 passengers were travelling in the 28-seater bus which was headed for Ramnagar from Bhoan. The reason for the accident is not known yet, police said.