Overcrowded bus plunges into gorge in India, killing 48

02 July, 2018, 09:36 | Author: Sheila Harris

Forty-two people died in a bus accident on Sunday morning in Uttrakhand's Pauri Garhwal district. While 45 of them died on the spot, the critically injured were rushed to the hospital.

All passengers were heading towards Ramnagar from Bhoan in a minibus that fell in the gorge and reason for the accident is yet not clarified.

Chief Minister of Uttarakhand state Trivendra Rawat says the bus skidded and fell into a 700-foot (213-metre) deep gorge.

The 28-seater bus, which was travelling from Bhoan to Ramnagar, was carrying around double the amount of passengers, officials said. My deepest condolences to the bereaved families.

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Bus accident in India claimed the lives of 44 people.

'I pray the injured recover at the earliest. "Rescue operations are underway and authorities are providing all possible assistance at the accident site", the prime minister's office posted on Twitter, attributing the remarks to Modi.

In April a bus carrying young students home in Himachal Pradesh state plunged into a ravine killing 30 on board, including 27 children. According to an official, the seating capacity of the vehicle was 28.

"It's a combination of factors", Harman Singh, a member of Arrive Safe, a travel safety advocacy group, told Al Jazeera of India's high traffic fatalities. "Also, the driver could not control the vehicle as it was overloaded", said Kumar. "It was, still is and would probably remain one of the biggest challenges", he said.

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