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Bad Roads in Himachal Apple Belt Kill 8 in 3 Truck Accidents

Shimla: Human toll in road accidents over the last 48 hours has gone up to 80 as 8 more persons, in three separate truck accidents, were killed in the apple belt of Shimla district, besides the 25 who died in a bus accident near Chaila on Thursday and another 39 who were killed in a truck accident on Wednesday

Daulat Ram, SHO Kotkhai said that a small truck laden with apple boxes on the Kotkhai-Theog road, near Premnagar hit into larger truck instantly killing the driver and a passenger.

Two of the 6 persons injured in the accident died while being shifted to hospital and another one died in the hospital at Shimla, said Ram. In all there were 11 persons in the vehicle, he added.

In another accident in the same region, a truck over-turned at Patsal village today because of the road sinking in which killed the driver, who was the lone person in the vehicle, said Daulat Ram.

RM Sharma, SP Shimla said that another two persons died today in a truck accident on a rural road in Summerkot region of Rohru in Shimla district.

Toll in the private bus accident, which on Thursday evening lost control and rolled into a narrow valley near Chaila, also on the Kotkhai-Theog road, has risen to 25 dead as another 3 of the 31 injured in the accident succumbed to their injuries.

On Wednesday, 39 people had died near Rewalsar in Mandi district when a truck overloaded with passengers was returning home after having attended and feasted at a mundan ceremony at a neighbouring village. And 37 were injured in the tragic accident.

It may be mentioned that the 80 Km long Theog, Kotkhai, Jubbal to Rohru highway is being widened by a World Bank funded project by a Chinese firm, Longijian Roads and Construction Company being the main contractor.

In the midst of heavy monsoon rains, the road cutting done for widening purposes has led to landslide blockades and slush on the route.

With apple harvest in full swing in the region, volume of heavy vehicle traffic is causing frequent choking of the road.

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