At least 45 people were killed when a private bus they were travelling in fell into Tons river in Shimla today.
The incident took place near Nerva area of the district in the morning.
According to police, there were 56 people in the ill-fated bus, adding that casualties could increase.
Death toll rises to 45 people after a bus fell into Tons river in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh pic.twitter.com/EALnNmCy7T— ANI (@ANI_news) April 19, 2017
The bus on its way to Tiyuni in Uttarakhand when the unfortunate incident occurred, police said.
Soon after the police learnt about the accident, they rushed to the incident site and launched rescue work.
“A private bus met with accident in the jurisdiction of Nerwa Police Station of Shimla district located close to the border of Sirmaur district,” Shimla, SP, D W Negi said
Meanwhile, the Uttarakhand government has announced compensation of Rs 1 lakh for kin of those dead, Rs 50,000 for severely injured and Rs 25,000 for injured.