20 injured in bus-truck collision on Shimla NH

Tribune News Service

Solan, August 22

Passengers of a private bus (HP 51 A 3651) had a miraculous escape when the vehicle overturned after being hit by an apple-laden truck (RJ 14 GJ 1031) coming from behind. The bus stopped against a crash barrier which prevented it from plunging into a deep gorge near Jabli on the Kalka- Shimla National Highway-5 this morning around 11:30 am.

Twenty persons, including four children, were injured in the accident.

According to DSP Parwanoo, Yogesh Rolta, the truck driver lost control of the vehicle and it rammed into the bus moving ahead of it. Both vehicles, which were en route Solan- Parwanoo, overturned on the road. No traffic jam was, however, caused as the road is wide enough at the spot. The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained.

Nineteen of the 32 passengers in the bus were injured, six of them seriously. They were referred to Regional Hospital, Solan after being administered preliminary treatment at Community Health Centre, Dharampur. Another person, who was sitting in a tinned shed at the spot, was also seriously injured as apple boxes fell on him after the truck overturned. Truck driver and two other people travelling with him fled before the arrival of the police.

Four children were among those injured. This included a two and a half year old boy Jaswant from Bohli village and a two year old girl from Sarahan in Sirmaur. Besides, a 17-year old girl Garima from Kumarhatti and 13-year old boy Priyansh from Kuthar village were also injured. Other injured included eight women.

Several apple-laden vehicles of other states like Uttrakhand and Rajasthan have met with accidents on this highway in the last fortnight.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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