Road Accident claims 14 lives, 17 mortally injured

Bus falls into gorge on Rishikesh-Chamba-Gangotri highway

Dehradoon.

The Himalayan state of Uttarakhand is witnessing tragedies galore as monsoon has wreaked large scale havoc in the state. While torrential rains battered the state in a huge measure, a major road accident on Thursday morning too left scars on people’s mind.

Fourteen people were killed and 17 injured in Uttarakhand’s Tehri district when a state-run bus they were traveling in fell into a deep gorge around 15km from Chamba town this morning, a senior official said.

The accident occurred near Kirgani on Rishikesh-Chamba-Gangotri highway around 8 am when the Uttarakhand Roadways bus plunged into a 250m deep gorge, Tehri District Magistrate Sonika said.

Six injured persons were flown in a chopper for treatment at AIIMS, Rishikesh, while the rest were being treated at Tehri District hospital and Masiha hospital in Chamba, Sonika said.

CM Trivendra Singh Rawat expressed grief at the loss of the lives in the accident and announced a compensation of Rs. 2L for the families of those killed and Rs. 50,000 for those injured.

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