- The incident was reported from near Jangla village at around 8.30 am
- Rescue operations at the accident site were underway and the injured were rushed to hospitals
- Officials said the death toll in the accident may rise
Himachal Pradesh: At least 12 people, including some school children, died after a bus rolled down a gorge in the Kullu district on Monday. According to the details, the vehicle was a private bus.
Commenting on the accident, Kullu Deputy Commissioner Ashutosh Garg said the Sainj-bound bus fell into the gorge near Jangla village at around 8.30 am.
District officials and rescue teams have reached the spot, he said, adding the injured were being taken to a nearby hospital.
The death toll in the accident may rise, officials said.
Meanwhile, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur took to Twitter and said the entire administration is present at the accident spot to help those injured.
"I received news about the private bus accident in Sainj valley of Kullu. The entire administration is present at the spot and the injured are being taken to the hospital. I pray to God to give peace to the departed souls and strength to bereaved families," the chief minister said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi too expressed grief over the incident and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from PMNRF for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the tragic bus accident in Himachal Pradesh.
The prime minister also said those injured would be given Rs. 50,000 each.