PV International Desk :  Forty-four passengers were killed after their bus fell into a gorge in Uttarakhand’s Paudi Garhwal district Sunday morning. Three were critically injured, reports NDTV.

The accident took place on the Pipali-Bhoan motorway in Pauri Garhwal’s Nainidanda block.

Police and a team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were engaged in rescue operations, said the television channel.

According to reports, about 45 passengers were travelling on the minibus which was headed for Ramnagar from Bhoan. The reason for the accident isn’t known yet.

The injured were rushed to the hospital. The number of casualties is expected to rise, said Garhwal commissioner Dilip Jawalkar.

Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat offered his condolences to the families of those killed.