Shillong: The toll in the Meghalaya bus accident at Nongshram bridge on Wednesday night has risen to eight following the recovery of two more bodies from the site on Friday morning, police said.
The bodies of the second driver identified as Dapborlang Wankhar of the ill-fated Meghalaya Transport Corporation (MTC) bus and a passenger Larsen M Marak by State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), were retrieved from swollen Ringdi river, Bruno Sangma, the district police chief of East Garo Hills, said.
The accident occurred late Wednesday night when the driver of the MTC lost control over the bus and went over a bridge and plunged into Ringdi River at Nongshram village.
Nongshram village, about 187 km from Meghalaya’s State capital Shillong is the border between East Garo Hills district and West Khasi Hills district.
“With the recovery of last body late Larseng Marak of Chidekgre the search operation at Ringdi River Nongshram is being closed,” Sangma said.
Police said the 16 injured have been admitted in hospitals.
Meanwhile, investigation have started to ascertain the cause of the accident.