Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed grief over the death of 15 passengers in a road accident in Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla district.

“My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones in the tragic bus accident… May those injured recover quickly,” Modi tweeted.

At least 15 persons were killed and an equal number injured when a private bus carrying them fell into a gorge near Khaneri in Rampur, some 140 km from Shimla.

As per the reports, the bus carrying 40 passengers was travelling to Reckong Peo (Kinnaur) from Solan when it met with the accident at around 9:15 am on National Highway 5 near Rampur, around 120 kilometres from the state capital Shimla.

The number of casualties is expected to go up as the bus rolled down around 200 metres towards the bank of the Sutlej River.