CHANDIGARH: At least 21 persons were killed and five injured when a Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus fell into a gorge at Katarghat on Basantpur-Kingal Highway, 65 km from Shimla on Tuesday.
The bus with over 30 persons was on its way from Shimla to Sawerakhud.
Superintendent of Police, Shimla, D W Negi said, “Seventeen bodies have so far been recovered and more bodies are trapped in the bus wreckage. The condition of the seven injured admitted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College Hospital here was stated to be serious. The driver of the bus jumped out of the vehicle and was reported safe.” The bodies of the victims who are yet to be identified have been sent for postmortem.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh asked the Shimla district administration to conduct relief and rescue operations on a war-footing.
The CM visited IGMC and enquired about the injured persons. He asked the hospital administration to provide all possible medical help to the injured.