"The chief minister directed the administration to provide immediate relief to the next of kin of the deceased and those injured in the accident."
Shimla, July 13 - Four passengers were killed and 31 injured Sunday when a bus skidded off the road and rolled into a 30-foot deep pit in Himachal Pradesh, police said.
The Himachal Road Transport Corporation bus was on its way from Solan town to Shimla when it fell into the pit at Dhyarighat, near Kandaghat, on the National Highway No. 22.
Superintendent of Police Ramesh Chajta told IANS the accident happened when the driver was trying to overtake another vehicle.
Most of the injured were rushed to the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital in Shimla.
Governor Urmila Singh and Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh expressed grief over the accident.
The chief minister directed the administration to provide immediate relief to the next of kin of the deceased and those injured in the accident.
Transport Minister G.S. Bali visited the spot and ordered a departmental inquiry.