Two passengers died on the spot, nine were seriously injured and seven others received minor injuries, when a Bharmour-Dharamsala-bound HRTC bus swerved off the road breaking the parapet and overturned.The bus then hit a cluster of eucalyptus trees at the Bari-Da-Mor near Nainikhud on the Chamba-Pathankot national highway.
The 49-seater bus was carrying 55 passengers. Had the bus not hit the cluster of eucalyptus trees, it would have fallen into a deed gorge thereby resulting in more deaths. The site has already been identified as a ‘blind spot’ which is accident-prone. Giving details about the accident, Dalhousie DSP Sagar Chander Sharma said on hearing the screams of passengers, residents and the police teams from the nearby Tunnuhatti and Bakloh police posts rushed to the accident site and carried out the relief and rescue operations.
Meanwhile, the fire brigades from Dalhousie and Banikhet, and Ambulance-108 also arrived at the spot. Officials from Dalhousie and Chowari subdivisional headquarters were also present. They took out all passengers from the bus and also extricated the bodies of the deceased. The DSP said all injured were rushed to the nearby Sri Hari Giri Hospital, Kakira, for treatment.
Nine passengers, stated to be in a critical condition, had been referred to Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College Hospital, Tanda., while seven passengers, who had received minor injuries, were also under treatment. The deceased had been identified as Mahatam Chand (47), a resident of Pangi district, Chamba, and Bijender (52), a resident of Mansimbal (Bhawarna), Kangra district. The bodies of the deceased had been handed over to their kin after the postmortem at the Dalhousie Civil Hospital.The DSP said the bus driver and the conductor were also injured. A case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against the bus driver Kripal Singh at the Chowari police station for further investigation, the DSP said.