Twelve passengers have been killed and three others injured after a bus fell into a gorge and landed on its roof in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district in India on Monday.
The bus was travelling to Kullu from Shainsher when it veered off course at a hairpin bend near Jangla village and fell upside down into the gorge, landing on its roof, at around 8:30 am, authorities said.
The brother-in-law of one of those killed, Tej Prakesh criticized how rescue teams dealt with the incident.
He said: "It took almost three hours to take Jhablu Devi from the accident site to the hospital. Had the administration acted swiftly, some lives could have been saved."
Video Of The Aftermath Of The Accident
The victims of the tragic accident have been named as Tanu, Prem Chand, Fateh Chand, Anita Devi, Susheel Kumar, Khim Dasi, Roshi Devi, Parvati Devi, Jhablu Devi, Amit Kumar, Rajak Aaksh, and Rakhi Maya. The bus driver and two other passengers who were injured but survived have been sent to the Kullu regional hospital for treatment.
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind offered his condolences and said he was distressed to learn about the death of those on board.
An investigation is now ongoing to ascertain exactly how the accident happened.