Thirty-one people were killed and 27 injured when a bus proceeding from Assam to Tripura rolled down a hill in Meghalaya early Wednesday, police said.
Two women were among those killed when the bus rolled down a 100-metre-deep gorge in Tongseng, East Jaintia Hills district police chief M.K. Dkhar told IANS.
Tongseng is about 150 km east of Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya. The privately-owned night bus was on its way from Guwahati in Assam to Tripura’s capital Agartala. Of the injured, Dkhar said seven were rushed to Silchar Medical College in southern Assam and the rest in nearby hospitals in the district.
“The rescue operations are over and investigation has begun to ascertain the cause of the accident,” the officer said.
A Tripura official said in Agartala that 27 people died on the spot. The bus driver, who also died, lost control when he was taking a turn in the terrain cramped Assam—Agartala highway.