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Thirteen dead in Uttarakhand bus accident

Thirteen dead in Uttarakhand bus accident”

District Magistrate Eva Ashish Srivastava said the incident took place at Totam village, 80 km from the district headquarters, around 8.15 am. In the accident, 11 passengers died on the spot, while one passenger died during the treatment at Ramnagar Hospital. "However, considering the response from the people who witnessed the bus accident, over speeding could have been a reason behind the accident", Shrivastava said, adding that a magisterial inquiry would "soon" be initiated in the matter.

Kumaon Motors Owners Union's bus UK-04-PA-0016 started off for Ramnagar on Tuesday morning from Deoghat of Almora's Salt Block.

Based on preliminary investigations, police said the accident took place when the bus driver lost control of the vehicle while giving pass to a auto on a narrow stretch. According to news agency ANI, the bus was on the Ramnagar-Almora road near Totam in Almora district.

The injured were rushed to Ramnagar hospital, where condition of few was stated to be critical.

Rescue operations are now underway.

All passengers have been identified, police said.



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