In an unfortunate road accident at least 30 passengers were killed and 26 others injured as an overcrowded 32-seater bus fell into a 100-ft deep gorge in northern India Friday. The injured had been rushed to hospital in the hill town of Dharamshala. Six of the injured are in critical state.
The incident happened in the Haripur area of Himachal Pradesh, about 210 kilometres (130 miles) from the state capital Shimla. While the authorities are still investigating the cause of accident, as per the initial reports the bus was overcrowded and while negotiating a turn the driver lost control of the bus.
The accident took place around 10 am when the driver lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a turn and the bus fell into the 100-feet deep gorge from a road bridge on Baner Khud.
The bus, on way to Dehra from Nagrota Suriyan in the district, had hardly travelled half-a-km from the Guler railway station when the mishap took place.
The injured have been sent to Dr Rajendra Prasad government Medical College Tanda, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Dehra, Rakesh Sharma told PTI from the accident site, about 45 km from here.
According to the report relased by the World Health Organization this year, more than 105,000 people were killed and more than half a million were injured in traffic crashes in 2006 in India. The India government has a plan to curtail the number of road accident deaths by 50 per cent by 2012 and has launched campaigns to achieve the target.