31 killed as bus falls into gorge

Aug 08, 2012, 16:10 IST | Agencies

Thirty-one people were killed and several others critically injured when a Tripura-bound bus fell into a deep gorge in Meghalaya's East Jaintia hills district in the wee hours today.

The incident took place sometime between 3 am and 5 am at Tamseng village near Meghalaya-Aassam border. 

The bus was on its way to Agartala from Guwahati when it fell into the 80-feet deep gorge.

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"The rescue operations are over and investigation has begun to ascertain the cause of the accident," the officer said.

A Tripura official said in Agartala that 27 people died on the spot.

The driver of the bus, who also died, lost control of the bus when he was taking a turn in the terrain cramped Assam-Agartala highway.

Tripura Transport Minister Manik Dey said that a state government team had left for the site.

He said the place where the disaster site was "extremely accident prone". "Every year a number of accidents have occurred in the area. killing many people."

The depth of the gorge is over 80 feet.

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