26 Killed As Assam Bus Plunges Into Gorge


Guwahati: A night bus coming from Silchar to Guwahati skidded off the road fell into a deep gorge near  Sonapur  Mandir, East Jaintia Hills on Tuesday at around 9. 45 pm killing 26 people onboard, said police.

According to police, 95 per cent of the passengers are feared dead even as police, personnel of the 108 ambulance ,BSF and the locals had rushed to the spot to carry out rescue operations of the injured.

Police said that since the bus fell around 500-feet down, the personnel involved in rescue operations are finding it difficult to carry out their operation effectively and since the area is steep, police could rescue only one person initially.

“The area where the bus fell is dark and our men are using ropes to climb down. Our efforts are on to carry four to  five persons who we believe are the survivors of the bus accident”, East Jaintia Hills district police chief Spill Thamar said over  phone on Tuesday night to The Shillong Times.

He also said that the police are yet to ascertain the exact cause of the accident.