According to sources, around 4 pm when the bus reached at Shool nullah driver lost control over wheel and it rolled into 300 feet deep gorge. While 12 people were killed on the spot, 2 others succumbed to their injuries at the hospital. All the injured were taken to Tissa hospital for treatment. Sources said that around 45 passengers travelling in the bus at the time of accident.
As the accident spot is located some 70 km from district headquarter Chamba it took administration some time to receive the information about the accident. Sources said that after coming to know about the accident, administration rushed rescue teams from Salooni and Tissa police stations. A police official said that while exact reason behind the accident is yet to be known, prima facie it appears that driver lost control over the wheel on a sharp bend. It was the local residents who also helped in rescue operation and brought the injured upto the main road.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh expressing grief said that a sum of Rs 10,000 each has been given as an immediate relief to the next of the kin of deceased and Rs 5,000 each to the injured. This is not the first time when Chamba has witnessed such a tragic accident. Tough geographical conditions coupled with poor roads results into accidents each year. In 2012, 51 people were killed in Chamba when an overcrowded private bus carrying over 80 passengers had met with an accident at Rajera.
In the year 2014 itself, 557 persons have been killed and 2612 injured in 1422 accidents reported upto June 30. With frequent road accidents killing large number of people in Himachal Pradesh, state Transport department has already decided to conduct the safety audit of roads in four districts of Shimla, Mandi, Chamba and Sirmaur through Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) Pune. State government has decided to request the CRRI for the road safety audit of one road each in Shimla, Mandi, Chamba and Sirmaur districts.
In its September 18 order, Himachal Pradesh High Court had directed the state government to create a Motor Accidents Claims monitoring cell in each district headed by the DSPs to monitor the compliance of the mandatory provisions of Motor Vehicle Act. A Division Bench comprising the Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan had also directed the government to report compliance on its earlier directions dated September 4 regarding steps taken by it to prevent occurrences of vehicular accidents and to explore possibilities of creation of the posts of Mobile Traffic Magistrate in each District and Special Mobile Traffic Magistrate in Shimla and Dharamshala in order to prevent reckless driving and avoid traffic accidents by conducting traffic checking and spot trials within their jurisdiction.
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