The private bus was going to Chamba town when it skidded off the road and fell into the 300-feet deep gorge near Rajera, some 10 km from the town.
Nine seriously injured passengers have been referred to Dr R.P.Medical College, Tanda , Kangra and those with minor injuries have been admitted to district hospital , Chamba.
“The rescue operation is still on. The injured have been admitted to hospital in Chamba,” Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Sharma told IANS on the phone from the accident spot.
While 42 people died on the spot, 10t injured persons succumbed to injuries on way to hospital.
Witnesses said the bus was overcrowded and the driver probably lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a turn. Most of the victims were from Chamba district.
Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and leader of opposition Vidya Stokes expressed grief over the accident.
The spot of the accident is around 475 km from Shimla. Chamba is one of remotest places in the state and scarcity and low frequency of passenger buses in the district leads to overcrowding of the vehicles.