12 killed as bus rolls down gorge in Uttarakhand
At least 12 people were killed and 13 injured when the bus in which they were travelling fell into a 150-metre-deep gorge in Uttarkashi district on November 18, an official said.The private-run bus was on its way to Vikas Nagar from Jankichatti in the district when it fell into the gorge near Damta, District Magistrate Ashish Chauhan said. Ten people died on the spot and two succumbed to their injuries at a nearby hospital, he said.A search-and-rescue operation by police with help from area residents is under way, the official said, adding that a few bodies are thought to be stuck in bushes. Four persons seriously injured in the accident were choppered into Dehradun for treatment, he said.The bus, after plunging into the gorge, came to a standstill a few metres from the Yamuna river, the official said. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat expressed grief at the loss of lives and asked the district administration to arrange for the treatment of the injured.