Himachal Pradesh: The government bus overturned from the road and fell into a ditch in Hiranagar, 10 km from Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh. One youth has died in the accident, while 20 passengers have been injured. The condition of two is said to be serious. There were 25 passengers including the driver and operator in the bus. This bus (HP-94-0379) was coming from Nagrota in Kangra district to Shimla. Two passengers were trapped under the bus after the accident. They were pulled out from under the bus after three hours by the local people along with the police and SDRF. One of these youths, Akash (23) son Naresh Kumar resident of Pandawin district, Hamirpur, died on the spot, while the other person Amit Vishwakarma (working in Dadlaghat, Solan) was rescued.
The injured have been admitted to Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital for treatment. Bus operator Sudhir Kumar said that the truck coming from opposite direction hit the bus near Hiranagar. Due to this the balance of the bus got disturbed and going out of the road uncontrollably fell into the ditch. Local people along with the police and SDRF assisted in the rescue work. Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur expressed grief over the accident and directed the district administration to rush to the accident site and undertake rescue operations. He also wished for speedy recovery to the injured.
The bus had left for Shimla from Nagrota at 6:00 am. At 3:10 this bus was to return from Shimla to Nagrota. After the accident, the local people took the injured to IGMC in their private vehicles. The relief work faced problems due to rain.Meanwhile, heavy rain triggered flash floods in the districts of Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti, causing damage to the public and private property. In a repsite, no loss of life was reported.Flash flood hit Thangi in Moorang tehsil, Kinnaur, at around midnight and damaged an irrigation channel and main source of drinking water.Another incident of flash flood was reported from Lahaul-Spiti’s Tozing Nulla. wherein the Tandi-Udaipur road was blocked. “About 30 to 40 vehicles are stuck on both sides of the road. Machineries have been deployed to restore the road for traffic,” the village head said.