uttarakhand school bus accident

At least 14 people, including several children, were killed in Uttarakhand in two separate bus accidents on Tuesday, August 6.

A school bus fell down a gorge in Tehri Garhwal's Kangsali, which is 160km away from the state capital Dehradun. Nine children were killed in the accident and eight are seriously injured. The injured have been shifted to a hospital. 

"The incident happened around 7.30 am but the SDRF team received the information from the district control room at around 9 am after which a team rushed to the spot for search and rescue operation. The local administration and police were already present there and said two of the children had died on the spot," Praveen Alok, the senior SDRF official was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times

"Two children died on the spot while seven of them later succumbed to injuries in the hospital while undergoing treatment. The eight injured are in serious condition. All the nine deceased were aged 4-13," he added.

The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) has deployed a team for the rescue operations, ANI reported.

In another incident, five people were killed and many are feared trapped after a boulder fell on a bus in the Lambagad landslide zone on the Badrinath Highway in Chamoli district of the state.

11 people were reportedly travelling in the bus.