Shimla: At least 24 people are feared killed and 30 others injured as a private bus on way from Shernoth to Shimla, on the Chhaila-Theog highway, fell down the hill this afternoon around 4.15 pm, police source said.
The accident reported occurred as the private bus was overspending while crossing a narrow patch. SP Shimla RM Sharma rushed to the spot after the mishap. He said prima facie it seemed that the bus suddenly stopped while ascending and the driver lost control as its brakes failed. The bus fell into a gorge. He said the rescue operation is almost over.
Eyewitnesses said the road was slushy due to the ongoing World Bank-funded road widening project being undertaken there by Longjian Road and Bridge Company Ltd of China.
Congress leader Vidya Stokes, who reached the spot, told HimVani that the condition of the roads in the area was bad due to recent rains and heavy movement of the trucks for transportation of apples these days. Horticulture Minister Narender Bragta also reached the scene to monitor relief and rescue operation.
On Wednesday evening, 39 people, including 22 women and nine children, were killed and an equal number injured in Mandi district when an overcrowded truck skidded off the road and fell into a gorge.