26 people were killed after a bus carrying fell into a gorge

India: A total of 26 people were killed after a bus carrying pilgrims fell into a gorge near Damta on the Yamunotri National Highway in Uttarakhand`s Uttarkashi district on Sunday (June 5, 2022), police said. The bus had around 30 pilgrims from Panna district of Madhya Pradesh and a driver. The accident took place between Damta and Barnigad, which is around 70 km from Yamunotri Dham at around 7.15 pm, after the driver allegedly fell asleep at the wheel. The officials informed that this was his third trip without a rest.

The bodies of 26 pilgrims have been retrieved while four others injured are undergoing treatment at Damta Primary Health Centre for first aid. “The search and rescue operation has concluded. A total of 26 people died in the accident, and 4 are injured. The injured have been sent to Higher Centre for their treatment,” said Uttarakhand Police.