District commissioner of Shimla Rohan Chand Thakur told Indian media, “A preliminary report shows that a private bus fell into a gorge and has killed more than 40 people. The latest report shows 44 people have been killed and no survivors were wounded.”
He told, police rushed to the scene where rescue efforts were underway. It was not immediately clear what caused the accident. However, India has some of the world's deadliest roads with more than 150,000 fatalities annually due to poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.
According to the survivors, the driver was manoeuvring recklessly and lost control of the vehicle in the rugged terrain. A month earlier 13 people, mostly children aged between seven and 14, were killed when a school bus collided with a truck in northern India .