Indian Prez convoy falls into gorge

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One of the police escort vehicles in President Pranab Mukherjee’s convoy met with an accident when it was travelling to Bagdogra from Darjeeling today.

One of the security vehicle of Presidential convoy, just after the accident

The incident took place when the driver lost control after the vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a gorge at Sonada, around 17 km from Darjeeling town. The pilot van was at the end of the Presidential convoy when it lost control and fell into the gorge.

According to locals it was drizzling in the area and the weather was foggy due to which visibility was low. The vehicle fell for about 30 feet into the gorge and got stuck in a tree. They were immediately rescued by police personnel in the convoy with the use of rope.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s convoy was also following the President’s convoy. Rest of the President Pranab Mukherjee’s convoy is reported to be safe and moved ahead for Bagdogra.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the President and enquired about his well-being.

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