16 killed as bus plunges into river in Tehri

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Sixteen persons were killed and 15 injured as a bus fell into a gorge in Tehri district’s Juyalgarh area, on Saturday afternoon.

Tehri Superintendent of Police (SP) Mukhtar Mohsin said the bus may have fallen into the gorge due to over-speeding while overtaking another vehicle,

The bus was going from Rishikesh to Karnaprayag when it fell into a local stream, which is about 135 km from here.

“The police and the local administration helped the injured, three of whom were in critical condition and had to be air-lifted to Dehradun for the required healthcare,” Mr. Mohsin said, adding that the remaining injured were admitted in the Base Hospital in Srinagar.

The rescue operations were over by Saturday evening and the identification of the dead was underway.

Chief Minister Harish Rawat, on Saturday, announced that a compensation of Rs. 1 lakh would be paid to the kin of the dead, and Rs. 50,000 would be paid to those who were severely injured in the accident.

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