17 dead, 21 injured as bus rolls down gorge near Shillai
As many as seventeen people, including four women, were killed on the spot and twenty one others injured, five of them critically, when a private bus fell into 450 metre deep gorge near village Milla in Shillai area of Sirmaur district, 150 km from Shimla, this noon.
Seven people died on the spot, two on way to hospital while eight people succumbed to their injuries in hospital at Paonta Sahib, Sirmaur SP Sumedha said.
SDM Paonta Shrawan Manta said that bodies of all deceased have been recovered from the spot.
The injured were rushed to nearby Shillai hospital and shifted to Sub Divisional hospital, Paonta Sahib after first aid. The condition of five injured was stated to be critical. The deceased were identified as Dimpal (12), Attar Singh (38),
Nisha (35), Vir Singh (37), Santosh (17), Chander Kala (17), Tapender (14) Jayanti Devi (40) and Santo(45) while seven deceased were yet to be identified.
Most of the victims hail from Milla and Magnal village while one of the deceased was from village Phadog.
Eye witnesses at Shillai said the driver and conductor of the bus fled after the accident and are untraceable.
The cause of the accident could not be ascertained but the survivors said that the driver lost control while negotiating a curve and the vehicle rolled down.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and Transport Minister G S Bali expressed deep shock and grief over the tragedy and directed the administration to provide all possible help to the victims.
The SDM said immediate relief of Rs 20,000 has been provided to the next of kin of each deceased and immediate relief and Rs 15,000 have been disbursed on the spot.
(Posted on 07-04-2014)