14 die in bus mishap including former MLA


By : Mohan Verma

Including a former MLA and 4 women, 14 passengers were killed while  fifty others were injured, when a state transport bus carrying them fell down in deep gorge at Balgar near Lehlu bridge on Theog Tali Neri road in Shimla district yesterday afternoon.

The bus, carrying about 55 to 60 passengers, was on its way from Theog to Talli Neri village when the accident took place.

Police report said that twelve bodies were recovered on the spot while two succumbed to injury on the way to hospital. Most of the injured have been rushed to Theog zonal hospital.

Two passengers with serious conditions were rushed to PGI while 40 others were admitted in IGMC hospital, Shimla.

The accident took place in the Balahsun area of Shimla district at 1700 hours. The deceased were identified as former MLA of Theog Mr. Mehair Singh (70), Ms. Shanti, Madan Lal, Dinesh Kumar, Atma Ram, Mahinder Singh (conductor of bus), Ms. Mangla, Inder Singh, Rati Ram, Kela Devi, Pooja Devi, remaining are yet to be identified.

Most of the injured are reported of young age and women. Rescue operation lasted till late evening.

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ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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