44 killed in Himachal Pradesh bus accident


Uttarakhand chief secretary also S Ramaswamy directed Amit Negi, secretary (disaster mitigation) to remain in touch with officials in Himachal Pradesh. There were two survivors. Police feared that casualties could increase as 56 people were traveling in the ill-fated bus. Majority of the passengers belonged to Chopal tehsil of Himachal Pradesh and Vikasnagar of Uttrakhanad.

Medical teams have been deployed from Sirmaur district, while rescue and relief workers have reached the spot. The bus had rolled down almost 250 metres, he added.

The bus on its way to Tiyuni in Uttarakhand when the unfortunate incident occurred, police said. The necessary fix work was done.

Police rushed to the scene where rescue efforts were underway, he added.

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The passengers were traveling by a bus when the large vehicle capsized all of the sudden and fell into a coulee.

Eyewitnesses said it was a challenging task to remove the bodies from the site. Emotions were running high and the mood is hard to describe.

He said all the bodies, which were badly mutilated, have been recovered and process was on to identify them.

"Condolences to the families of the deceased". It has been asked to submit its report within seven days.