Udhagamandalam, Jun 14 (PTI): Seven passengers were killed and 27 others injured, some of them seriously, when a bus fell into a 500-feet deep gorge near Udhagamandalam in the hilly Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu today, police said. Also Read - 7 Injured in Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu's Madurai

The driver of the state-run transport corporation bus was trying to avoid a pit on the ghat road when the mishap occurred at Mandada, about 10 km from here. Also Read - Jallikattu Begins in Tamil Nadu's Madurai Amid COVID Restrictions | WATCH Here

Six people, including two women, were killed on the spot while a 29-year old woman died at a hospital here, police said. Also Read - After Vijay's Master Leaks Online, Producer Xavier Britto Gets Into Legal Trouble

Of the 27 injured, nineteen people had been taken to the government hospital in neighbouring Coimbatore while others were admitted to the government hospital here.

The condition of the bus conductor was stated to be critical, police said.

The bus was proceeding to nearby Coonoor from here.

Several parts of the Nilgiris district have been receiving heavy rains for the past few days.