At least 25 people were killed and over 40 injured in two separate road accidents near Reasi and Rajouri on Thursday. Giving details, sources said that 22 passengers were killed and nearly 30 others including women and children were injured when a 42-seater passenger bus fell into a 300 ft deep gorge in the afternoon. While nearly a dozen people died on the spot, others succumbed to their injuries on way to the district hospital at Reasi.
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Pointing out that the accident took place near Gurdwara on the outskirts of Jyotipuram, a police official told The Indian Express that the ill-fated bus had left Reasi town for Bakal around 2.30 pm. Nearly half an hour later when it reached near the Gurdwara, it came across a matador parked on the roadside following some technical snag.
Though the road there had a steep slope, the bus driver stopped the already overloaded vehicle to pick up the stranded matador passengers as well. However, in the meantime, the driver lost grip over the brakes and bus started rolling backward and finally fell into the gorge.
The locals and police rushed to the accident site and launched rescue operations by bringing the victims out of the gorge.
Meanwhile, in another accident near Rajouri, three passengers were killed and 14 others injured when a tempo fell into a gorge near Jamola. The ill-fated vehicle was on way to Jamola from Pindi village, sources said, adding that the injured have been admitted to a district hospital at Rajouri.
Police have registered separate cases in respect to both the accidents.