A passenger bus slid off a lower Himalayan road in dense fog and plunged into a river today, killing at least 10 people.
One body had been found so far in the accident in Rampur, 205 miles north-west of Lucknow, the state capital of Uttar Pradesh, said police official DC Mishra.
“At least 10 people were killed when the state roadways bus in which they were travelling swerved off the road and fell into a river,” Mishra said. The casualty figure was based on the account of one survivor, who swam to safety.
Rescuers were trying to reach the wreckage of the bus but were hampered by the depth of the water – almost 30 feet – which prevented cranes from pulling it out, he said.
“Probably the driver failed to negotiate a sharp curve and the bus fell into the river,” Mishra said, adding that the accident was likely caused by poor visibility due to dense fog in the area.
The bus was going to New Delhi from the hill resort of Nainital.
With its bad roads and ageing government buses, road accidents are common in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous and one of the country’s poorest states.