At least 25 passengers died and 54 others were injured, some of them critically, on Thursday in two separate bus mishaps in hilly districts of Reasi and Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir. Reasi and Rajouri are around 80 km and 150 km, respectively from Jammu.
Tragedy struck in the evening when an overloaded bus, on way to Bakal from Reasi , plunged into a gorge around 4 pm near NHPC Colony in Jyotipuram killing 15 passengers on the spot and injuring others. Reasi-Udhampur DIG Surinder Gupta told HT that 22 people have died so far and 40 others have been injured the mishap. “Among 40 injured, 18 critical passengers have been airlifted in a helicopter of the IAF to Jammu for specialised medical treatment,” he added.
“The accident occurred due to utter negligence of the driver. He had parked the bus on a steep ascent near State Bank of India branch in Jyotipuram and was busy in getting some cement bags loaded on its roof. Suddenly the bus started coming down at a rapid speed on the steep road and within no time it plunged into a 150 feet deep gorge,” a local from Jyotipuram told HT on phone. Soon after the mishap, locals launched rescue operations till army and police arrived at the site of accident.
In another road accident in Rajouri, three people died and 14 others were injured when a mini-bus they were travelling in plunged into a gorge. Rajouri SSP Suleman Choudhary said the mini-bus was on its way to Jamola from Rajouri when it plunged into a gorge at Bindi. This mishap too occurred around 4 pm. Choudhary further said that one passenger was rushed to Jammu via road in view of his critical condition.