Shimla: At least 23 people were killed and 20 injured in Himachal Pradesh yesterday when an overcrowded mini bus skidded off the road and fell into the Baspa river, some 300 feet below the road, officials said.
They said the death toll could rise as some of the passengers had received serious injuries in the accident in Kinnaur district. The private bus, carrying over 40 passengers, was on its way from Sangla to Kalpa. It met with the accident near Sangla, some 300km from here, Deputy Commissioner D D Sharma said. He said 11 injured passengers were airlifted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital in Shimla. The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained, he said over the phone.
Superintendent of Police Rahul Nath said after the bus rolled down the hill it landed in the Baspa river, a tributary of the Satluj. Witnesses said police had a tough time extricating the bodies from the mangled remains of the bus. IANS