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HP: 13 killed, 39 hurt in bus mishap
November 14, 2006 16:14 IST
Thirteen people were killed and 39 injured, five of them seriously, when their bus plunged into a gorge in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh early on Tuesday, Deputy Commissioner Chamel Singh said.
While seven people were killed on the spot, six others succumbed to their injuries in the Kullu Zonal Hospital where they had been admitted after the accident, which occurred at Talwara, 40 km from Kullu, at about 0800 hours, Singh said.
Singh said the bus carrying 55 to 60 people on board, was going uphill on its way to Nuli from Aut in the district when it fell into the 350-foot deep gorge.
People from the neighbouring villages rushed to the accident site and helped district officials in extricating injured people and bodies from the mangled bus, he said.
He said the condition of five passengers injured in the accident was serious adding, that four of them had been referred to Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital in Shimla, while another has been referred to PGI in Chandigarh.
Some of the injured passengers were undergoing treatment at Kullu Zonal Hospital, while a few others with minor injuries were discharged after first aid, Singh said.
Singh said the district administration has announced an immediate relief of Rs 5,000 each to the next of the kin of those killed in the accident and seriously injured.
The other injured in the accident would also be provided adequate compensation, he said.
He said the cause of the accident was not yet known adding, that a case has been registered and investigations were on.