13 dead in Rishikesh bus accident; choppers to bring injured to AIIMS, Delhi

The Hush Post: At least 13 people were killed and nine injured in a bus accident on the Rishikesh- Gangotri Highway when a Uttarakhand Transport Corporation bus fell down into a 250 metre deep gorge near Suryadhar. The bus was carrying over 29 passengers.

The rescue operation were started immediately by the police team.  The Fire Department personnel have also reached the site from Tehri . The Disaster Response Team has also reached the location, according to a news agency report.

The Uttarakhand Government has offered immediate help by providing helicopters to bring the injured to AIIMS, Delhi. The kin of the deceased will be given compensation of Rs 2 lakh  each and Rs 50,000 each will be provided to the injured, according to government officials. An inquiry has been ordered into the matter.

This is the second major accident in the recent past in the hill state. On July 1, forty eight people were killed and 11 injured after a private bus had fallen into a 60-metre deep gorge in Dhumakot tehsil of Pauri district .The 28-seater bus was carrying 58 persons.

Pauri Garhwal in Uttarakhand is among the top three districts with the most number of accidents among all hill districts, a recent survey by the Uttarakhand police had revealed. The survey found that the maximum number of accidents in the hill districts this year have happened because of over-speeding and negligence by drivers.


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