In a tragic incident, four persons were killed and 25 others injured on Thursday after a bus they were travelling in skidded off the road and plunged into a deep gorge in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, said officials.
Rajouri district SSP, Choudhary Mohammad Aslam said, “Three passengers and driver were killed and 25 others got injured when the 42-seater bus skidded off the road and plunged into a 100-feet deep gorge at Dehri Ralyote near Bhimber Gali on Thursday.”
A minor child escaped unhurt.
“There were 30 people on board the 42-seater bus. It was not overloaded and the road was also good where the mishap occurred. Prima facie, it appears to be a case of driver’s negligence, who might have slept,” he added.
The SSP said the bus was on its way to Jammu from Poonch’s Surankote.
“Enroute the driver picked up passengers but it fell into the gorge at Dehri Ralyote near Bhimber Gali,” he said.
Soon after the mishap, locals, policemen and security forces personnel rushed to the site and launched rescue operations.
They shifted the injured and deceased persons to Rajouri hospital.
Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha expressed grief over the loss of lives in the accident.
“Anguished by the loss of lives due to a tragic accident in Rajouri. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover at the earliest. The district administration is providing all possible assistance,” the office of the lieutenant governor tweeted.
This is the second bus accident within 24 hours in the region.
15 people died and 51 others were injured in the twin border districts south of Pir Panjal range.
On Wednesday, at least 11 passengers were killed and 26 others injured when an overloaded minibus they were travelling in veered off the road and fell into a deep gorge in J&K’s Poonch district.