30 dead in Kinnaur & Chamba accidents

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imageShimla : Two accidents within a space of a few hours have left at least 30 people dead and 24 injured in Himachal Pradesh Saturday.

Thirteen people died when an overcrowded jeep fell into a deep gorge in tribal Kinnaur district Saturday some 200 km from here.

“13 people have died and one is injured.Ten of them were from one village,” said Surinder Mohan a senior official by phone.

“The accident took place around midnight.The jeep fell into a 1000 ft deep gorge.We have retrieved all the bodies from the gorge,” Mohan said from the spot.

In Chamba district’s mountainous Salooni a bus swerved off the road killing 17 and injuring 23.

Ajay Parashar a senior official who reached the spot said, “Seven people died on the spot and the rest died on way to and in the hospital. Many are still critically injured.”