7 persons were killed after a bus carrying 33 passengers rolled down a gorge near Chaila in Shimla district. The bus was on its way to Tikkar from Shimla.
All the 7 persons, including two women, died on the spot while the 26 others have been injured. The accident was noticed by a car driver who reported the matter to the Theog police station. The accident occurred near Gajerhi, 42 km from Shimla on the Theog - Hatkoti national highway.
The injured were shifted to the Theog Civil Hospital, while those sustained critical injuries how been brought to Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Shimla, for further treatment.
Condition of two injured is said to be serious. Police reached the spot and is supervising the rescue and retrieval operation. 'So far, exact cause of the accident is not known', superintendent of Police Umapathy Jamwal said, adding that the number of casualties could escalate.
The deceased have not been identified yet.