Ten people were killed and several others were injured ,some of them seriously ,when a state transport corporation bus skidded off the road near Jogindarnagar town in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh on Saturday night.
“The accident took place at a place called Galu which is located at a distance of 5 Kms from Jogindernagar at 8.35 PM.The driver lost control over the vehicle and it overturned many times and fell into a 100 Ft gorge,” Health And Family Welfare Minister ,Kaul Singh Thakur said.
Ten passengers including the bus driver died on the spot. 20 injured passengers were admitted to a local hospital.The exact number of passengers is not known.Sources say more passengers may be trapped inside the bus.
The rescue operation was hampered by the poor visibility and the strike of 108 Ambulance service employees.
Exact reason of the accident is not known.Eyewitnesses said the driver was giving a pass to another bus coming from opposite direction.
The ill fated bus was on its way from Dharamshala to Reckongpeo,Kinnaur.
The rescue operation is on.