31 injured as school bus falls into gorge in Mandi

Thirty one passengers, most of them school children, were injured on Friday morning when the school bus in which they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell into a 25-metre deep gorge, official sources told .

The ill-fated school bus was carrying more than 31 passengers including the driver and a teacher. The vehicle met with the accident at 8.20 am at Samlehu village near Dehar, located 45 kms from the district headquarters, Mandi. The injured school children belong to Mandwayar and other villages and the bus belongs to a private school located in Dehar.

“More than 30 people were travelling in the bus. A total 25 school children have injured in this accident out of which two seriously injured have been referred to Regional Hospital Mandi. 23 school children have been admitted to Sundar Nagar hospital. The rescue operation was carried out with the help of locals who also helped to transport injured to the hospital,” Sundarnagar SDM Rajeev Kumar said.

The cause of the accident is not known, but eyewitnesses said the driver lost control over the vehicle while negotiating large pot holes created by the road widening work.

The district administration has ordered a probe to find out the cause of the accident.