Uttarkashi Bus Accident: Death Toll Rises to 26; Here’s What Led to The Mishap

New Delhi: At least 26 people have been killed and many injured in a road accident yesterday after a bus from Panna district of Madhya Pradesh fell into a deep ravine in Uttarkashi. Travelers, mostly pilgrims, traveled to Yamunotri, which is commonly known as Char Dham with the temples of Badrinath, Kedarnath and Gangotriya.Also Read – Fake websites cheating people in the name of Chopper Ride for Char Dham are increasing in UP

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How did the accident happen?

Speaking to news agency PTI, Uttarkashi District Disaster Management Officer Devendra Patwal said that the accident occurred near Rikhau Khadd on NH-94 on the way to the Himalayan shrine, two kilometers from Damta.

The accident occurred as the driver fell asleep around 7.15 pm. It is said to be his third tour of the rest.

Uttarakhand Police and State Disaster Management Fund (SDRF) rescue teams rushed to the scene immediately after the disaster was reported.

Meanwhile, the investigation is ongoing.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has also expressed his sadness at the accident and spoke to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami.

“It is very sad to hear about devotees in Uttarakhand being hit by a bus. I have spoken to Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami. Local administration and SDRF teams are working on the rescue and are taking the victims to a nearby hospital for treatment. The Union Home Minister tweeted that NDRF is also reaching there soon.

“It is unfortunate that the pilgrims’ bus in Panna district had fallen into a gorge in Uttarakhand. Our team is in constant contact with the Government of Uttarakhand. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan tweeted that arrangements are being made to treat the injured and bring back the bodies.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand has ordered a magistrate’s inquiry into the accident.

Dhami reached the Disaster Control Room at the Secretariat for inspection of relief and rescue operations. The chief ministers have expressed their sympathy for the accident and urged the district administration to take immediate action for relief and rescue. He instructed the authorities to arrange for appropriate treatment for the injured.

The Uttarakhand Transport Department has announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh each for the dead and Rs 40,000 for the seriously injured.

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