13 killed, 18 hurt as bus falls into gorge on Chamba-Rishikesh NH

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Thirteen people were killed and 18 injured when a state-run bus they were travelling in fell into a deep gorge around 15 km from Chamba town in Tehri district Thursday.

The accident occurred near Kirgani on Rishikesh-Chamba-Gangotri highway around 8 am when the Uttarakhand Roadways bus plunged into a 250-metre deep gorge, Tehri District Magistrate Sonika said.

Six of the injured were flown in a chopper for treatment at AIIMS, Rishikesh, while the rest were being treated at Tehri district hospital and Masiha hospital in Chamba, she said.

Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat expressed grief at the loss of lives in the accident and announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the family of those killed and Rs 50,000 each for those injured.

Police and SDRF teams were conducting rescue operations.

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