Himachal bus accident toll rises to 34
Shimla : The death toll has risen to 34 Tuesday and after a bus went hurtling down a deep gorge in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra valley late Monday, police said .
“34 bodies have been found , five people have been injured ,” K.R.Bharti D C Kangra said.
There were around 45 people in the state roadways bus which rolled down the gorge late Monday . Rescue operations continued throughout the night .
Postmortem of the bodies has been carried out and bodies have been handed over to the families .
Heavy rain and darkness hampered rescue operations in this remote forested area .
“Most of the bodies were found after day break ,” said Kangra S.P. Diljeet Thakur .
Authorities called in the army to help in the rescue operations from the nearby Yol cantonment .
The bus was on its way from Palampur to Ashapuri some 250 km from the state capital Shimla .
One survivor(woman) said just before the accident the driver said the driver lost control of the bus and it reversed (went backwards) down the gorge .
On Aug 11 this year 52 people were killed in another accident in Chamba valley when an overcowded bus rolled down a hill side .