Nine persons, including a 4-year-old unidentified boy, were killed when a bus rolled down a gorge near Palma on Tuesday evening. The 24-seater bus ((JK 11-9270) was on way to Kotranka from Rajouri and was reportedly overcrowded with more than 60 passengers on board.
Those who were killed have been identified as Subhash Chander of Jawahar Nagar and posted as animal husbandry doctor at Palma, Nazir Hussain and his wife Arshad Begam of Sanoo Kot, Abdul Qayoom of Tarala, Mohd Asraf of Rehan, Shamim Akhter and Rukhsana Koushar of Swari, Nassem Akhater and a four-year-old unidentified boy.
Of the 46 injured, about 8 were airlifted to GMC Hospital, Jammu. Within no time after the accident, locals reached the spot and started rescue operation. Soon a police party from Rajouri also reached the spot and shifted the injured to hospital.
Hundreds of people fathered at the district hospital here where most of the injured were undergoing treatment. The hospital staff reciprocated well to the needs of the injured, but staff shortage was one of the impediments.
The district administration summoned some doctors from the nearby hospitals, but they reached late due to due to bad condition of the roads and traffic jam near the hospital.
Deputy commissioner Sougat Biswas was himself supervising the proceedings at the hospital. When pointed out poor condition of roads, he said that the issue was well in his notice and efforts were on to repair the roads at the earliest.
Hospital authorities said that the six persons -Javed Iqbal of Tarala, Anwar Hussian of Piri, Mohd Danish of Jamola, Sain of Taral and Mohd Ishtiyaq of Fatehpur - were referred to GMC Hospital. They had to be taken to Jammu in ambulances as the helicopter could not reach Rajouri due to bad weather.
"The condition of another four was deteriorating and we may shift them to Jammu too," said Dr Chaman, the CMO at the district hospital.
The driver of the bus jumped off the vehicle and was untraceable after the accident.