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Uttarakhand Tempo Accident: At least 12 Dead, 14 Injured; CM Dhami Visits AIIMS Rishikesh

A tempo traveller carrying 23 people fell into a gorge in Uttarakhand's Rudraprayag district on Saturday. At least12 people died and 14 others were injured.

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Visuals from the accident | Photo: PTI
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A tempo traveller carrying 23 people fell into a gorge in Uttarakhand's Rudraprayag district on Saturday. At least 12 people died and 14 others were injured.

The tempo traveller was coming from Noida when the incident occurred. Most of those rescued are stable, but seven injured are serious and are being treated at AIIMS Rishikesh.

Garhwal Inspector General of Police KS Nagnyal told news agency PTI that the victims of the accident were tourists on the way to visit Chopta. Nagnyal said 26 people were in the vehicle and most of them were residents of Delhi.

Taking stock of the situation after the accident in Rudraprayag, CM Pushkar Singh Dhami reached AIIMS Rishikesh. "The families of the victims are being informed... We have ordered an inquiry about the incident,"he said.

The rescue work is underway at the site of the accident.

This comes days after three women were killed and 24 others were injured when a bus driver lost control over the vehicle and it fell into a gorge near Gangnani on the Gangotri National Highway in Uttarakhand.

The driver lost control, broke the crash barrier, fell into the gorge and got stuck on a tree before it could hit the bottom, officials said.

Rudraprayag Accident | Condolences

  • Expressing concern over the accident, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said that the local administration and SDRF teams are engaged in relief and rescue operations. Dhami said that the District Magistrate has ordered an investigation into the matter.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the accident and termed it "heartbreaking". “The road accident in Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand is heartbreaking. My deepest condolences to the bereaved families who lost their loved ones. Along with this, I wish speedy recovery of all the injured. Under the supervision of the state government, the local administration is engaged in providing all possible help to the victims," Modi wrote on X.

  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah expressed condolences over the incident and assured that the administration and SDRF teams are engaged in rescued operations. He said that all possible help is provided to those injured.

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