At least 23 people were killed and nearly 40 injured when a Jammu bound bus fell into a 300-ft deep gorge at Marothi in hilly Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir Monday.
Police said the 52-seater overloaded bus was on its way from Jakher near Dudu to Udhampur and then Jammu. However, after covering nearly 15 km, the driver appears to have lost control over the vehicle on a dilapidated hilly road, they said. The incident happened at around 11 am.
While 15 people died on the spot, others succumbed to injuries on the way to hospital, police said. As soon as the the accident was reported by the locals, teams of civil administration, police, security forces and health department rushed to the spot to launch rescue operations.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed expressed grief over the accident. Mufti has directed the divisional commissioner Jammu to ensure proper medical care for the injured.
The dilapidated condition of roads and even public vehicles, coupled with negligent driving, has always been a cause of concern for people in Jammu and Kashmir where thousands of people die in road accidents every year.