Tuesday, 27 May 2014

14 killed as bus falls into gorge near Shimla

At least 14 persons, including former MLA and senior BJP leader Mehar Singh Chauhan, were killed and more than 35 others injured when a Himachal Road Transport Corporation bus fell into a 150-foot gorge at Balghar near Theog, 35 kms from here, this evening.

Eight women and two children died on the spot, while three others, including Chauhan, a former Janata Party MLA from Theog who later joined BJP, succumbed to their injuries on way to hospital.

The bus, carrying about 55 to 60 passengers, was on its way from Theog to Talli Neri village when the accident took place.

Police report said that twelve bodies were recovered on the spot while two succumbed to injury on the way to hospital. Most of the injured have been rushed to Theog zonal hospital.

Shimla Superintendent of Police Abhishek Dullar earlier said, "Eight women and two children died on the spot and their bodies have been handed over to their relatives after on-the- spot post-mortem, while the injured have been rushed to the Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC)." The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained and police have registered a case and started investigations.

Two passengers with serious conditions were rushed to PGI while 40 others were admitted in IGMC hospital, Shimla.

The accident took place in the Balahsun area of Shimla district at 1700 hours. All the deceased have been identified.

Most of the injured are reported of young age and women. Rescue operation lasted till late evening.

Tuesday 27 May 2014



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