Seventeen persons were killed and 60 injured when an overloaded bus skidded off the road and fell into a 500-metre deep gorge in Reasi district on Friday while a Major was among six armymen killed in two separate accidents in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.
The bus was on its way from Reasi to Mahore when it veered off the road as the driver tried to negotiate a curve falling into a deep gorge at Bidda about 95-kms from here, police officials said.
Seventeen persons died in the accident which left 60 injured out of which 15 were critical, they said.
Army and police personnel have rushed to the spot and launched rescue operations with four of the seriously injured airlifted to Government Medical College (GMC) hospital, they said, adding that the toll in the mishap may rise.
The ill-fated bus met with the accident when the driver was negotiating a curve, police officials said.
In an early morning mishap in Rajouri district, a Rashtriya Rifles Major was killed and three others, including a Colonel, were injured when their vehicle collided head on with a tipper at Sunderbani about 80-kms from here, they said.
The deceased has been identified as Major Vasant Gaurav and the injured, including Colonel LK Chiter, Signalman VK Sharma and sepoy Antony Swamy were admitted in the ICU of Command hospital.
Five armymen were killed and 6 others were injured when an army vehicle of 43 Rastriya Rifles travelling towards Surankote belt of Poonch district, skidded off the road and fell down into a 150-feet deep gorge near Duggar Gala in Chingus area about 165-kms from here in Rajouri district at around 8.30 am today.
The deceased jawans have been identified as Parinder Kumar Sharma, SK Singh, Dinesh Singh, B Venakatroa and Rakesh Gulia.
Rescue teams have admitted the injured to the hospital.
The army has ordered a court of inquiry to ascertain the exact cause of the accidents, PRO Defence Col Biplab Nath said.