14 dead, 18 injured after bus accident in Uttarakhand

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New Delhi:

At least 14 people were killed and 18 others were severely injured on Thursday morning after a bus accident near Suryadhar of Uttarakhand’s Tehri district.

A Uttrakhand Transport Corporation bus skidded off into a ravine near Sulyadahar.

The bus was carrying 25 passengers from Uttarkashi to Haridwar.

Uttarakhand: 10 people died, 9 injured when the Uttarakhand Transport Corporation bus they were in, skidded off Rishikesh Gangotri Highway into a 250 metre deep gorge near Suryadhar. Local admn & police have reached the spot. There were 25 people in the bus. More details awaited. pic.twitter.com/FmEfXetXF0

— ANI (@ANI) July 19, 2018

Local administration and police have reached the scene and a rescue operation is currently going on.

#UPDATE Bus accident near Suryadhar in Uttarakhand: Police teams, fire dept from Tehri and Disaster Response Team from Chamba are at spot. District Magistrate, Sub-Divisional Magistrate are also present. Search & rescue are underway. 10 people died and 9 injured in the accident. pic.twitter.com/RbRHC9rvph

— ANI (@ANI) July 19, 2018

Meanwhile, the government has ordered helicopters to be made available to bring the injured to AIIMS hospital in Rishikesh.

#UPDATE: State govt has directed helicopters be made available to bring the injured to AIIMS. The next kin of the deceased will be provided compensation of Rs 2 Lakh each. Rs 50,000 each will be provided to the injured. Magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the matter. https://t.co/BUyqdbgHHm

— ANI (@ANI) July 19, 2018

The government has also announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to the injured.

An inquiry has also been ordered.

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