Shimla: Seven young men from Delhi were killed and two others were critically injured, when the SUV vehicle they were traveling in went off from a wide stretch of road in Bilaspur district past the mid-night hour on Tuesday.
â€œSix of the victims died on the spot and the 7th one, who was rescued and taken to hospital within one hour of the accident succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday morning,â€ said Kuldeep Sharma, district police chief Bilaspur told My Himachal News
â€˜There was no trace of liquor in the vehicle and the likely cause of the accident is over-speeding or sleep overcoming the driver for the accident occurred at about 12.10 a.m. on Tuesday,â€ he said.
All the nine occupants of the Scorpio vehicle (DL -7CC – 6448) in the age group of 20 to 30 are said to be residents of Islampur, Delhi. â€œParents of the victims have reached Bilaspur,â€ said Sharma.
â€œThe injured after being provided emergency treatment have been referred to PGI Chandigarh,â€ said Nandita Gupta, deputy commissioner Bilaspur. â€œImmediate relief of Rs 10,000 to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 7,000 to the injured has been released,â€ she said.
The deceased include Deepak Garg (27), Nitin Sharma (21), Sonu (21) Salesh Bhati (22) Yakshit Sharma (22), Sushil Garg (30) and Gajinder Rastogi (24). Among the survivors are Ganesh and Pravesh, who have been shifted to Chandigarh for treatment.
The nine friends after having visited Shimla were on a overnight journey to pilgrimage centre Jwalamukhi in Kangra, when the vehicle lost control and fell into a ditch at Dadhol village, near Ghumarwin in Bilaspur district.