Bus falls into river in Himachal Pradesh, 9 Dead, 51 Injured

Overspeeding bus fell from a bridge into a river in Himachal Pradesh’s Sirmaur district led at least nine people were killed and 25 injured on Sunday, police said.

Four passengers, including three women, died on the spot, while five critically-injured persons succumbed to their injuries in a hospital. Fifty-one people are injured and have been shifted to the Nahan medical college.

The accident took place near Khadri village on the Renuka-Dadahu-Nahan road, about 168 km south of Shimla, at around 4.30 pm. The private bus was on its way from Renuka Ji to Nahan when the driver lost control, broke the railing of the Jalal bridge and fell 40-feet down into the Jalal river, said senior police official Virender Singh Thakur.

Two of the deceased have been identified as Satya Ram (59) and his wife, Bhagwanti Devi (52), residents of Jaitak village in Nahan tehsil, the official said.

Police reached the spot and supervised the rescue operation, said prima facie the accident happened due to the negligence of the bus driver. According to eyewitnesses, the bus was overspeeding when it was crossing the bridge.

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