1 killed, 24 injured in Dharamshala-Reckong Peo bus accident

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The bus was on its way to Rekong-Peo from Dharamshala when the driver lost control over it

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Mangled remains of the bus which fell into 200-foot gorge at Rohanda near Sundernagar on Friday.- Photo: PTI

One person was killed and 24 others were injured when an HRTC bus fell into a 200-foot deep gorge at Rohanda near Sundernagar of Himachal Pradesh.

The incident took place late on Thursday night when the bus was on its way to Rekong-Peo from Dharamshala. It fell into the gorge after the driver lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a steep curve.

Relief money was also given to them, Rajeev Kumar, SDM Sundernagar said. A case has been registered against the bus driver, police said, adding investigation is underway.

The dead person has been identified as Gava Sherpa, a resident of Beer in Baijnath. The injured were admitted to a hospital in Sundernagar, after a first aid in Rohanda dispensary.

According to bus conductor Shravan Kumar accelerator got locked and bus suddenly gained rapid speed. Even though the bus was on the climb the speed suddenly just gone up. According to the bus driver, he tried his best to control the bus but it simply fell into a straight 100-meter deep gorge. Driver has sustained serious leg injuries in the accident.

The police has registered a case and started investigating the accident. Police has also described it a case of sharp speed in their initial questionin. SSP Mandi Kulbhushan Verma also described it as a case of sharp speed according to the information he received from the passengers.

It is second incident of the bus plying on the same route within a few weeks. Earlier the same root (Dharamshala-Rekong-Peo) bus had an accident near Joginder Nagar in which 12 passengers were killed.

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