Shimla, April 19: At least 44 people were killed in a major accident that occurred when a private bus lost its balance and fell into the Tons river in Nerva area of Shimla district on Wednesday. However, the rescue operation is on and the death toll may increase.
According to the sources, the private bus carrying 56 passengers was on its way to Tiyuni in Uttrakhand, however, lost its control and fell into Tons river in remote Nerwa area of Shimla district along the border of Sirmaur district in Himachal Pradesh. The accident occurred in the morning hours.
After receiving the information, Sirmour police team immediately reached to the accident spot and launched the rescue operation while Shimla Police team is still on its way to the accident spot. Police feared that the toll may increase as 56 people were traveling in a bus.
Shimla’s police superintendent D W Negi said that the private bus met with an accident in the jurisdiction of Nerwa Police Station of Shimla district located close to the border of Sirmaur district. He further added that 56 passengers were traveling in the bus and casualties could increase.
As soon as the accident occurred, locals residing in the area informed police and started rescuing passengers but due to the depth of river, it was impossible for them to help others. However, there are several times when several accidents have taken place in Himachal due to high hill roads.