13 passengers killed as mini bus falls into 300ft gorge in J&K's Kishtwar
At least 13 passengers were killed and 13 injured when a mini bus skidded off the road and plunged into a gorge in Kishtwar district of Jammu & Kashmir on Friday, a senior police officer said.
- Published 14.09.18
Kishtwar, Sept. 14 (PTI): At least 13 passengers were killed and 13 injured when a mini bus skidded off the road and plunged into a gorge in Kishtwar district of Jammu & Kashmir on Friday, a senior police officer said.
The accident occurred at Dandaran, near Thakrai, when the driver of the mini bus, which was on its way to Kishtwar from the Keshwan area, lost control of it and the vehicle plunged into the over-300-foot gorge, near the Chenab riverbed, on Friday morning.
”So far, 13 persons are confirmed dead and 13 others injured,” Kishtwar’s police chief Rajinder Gupta, who is leading the rescue operation, told PTI.
The bus was carrying over 30 passengers, he said. The rescue operation was launched immediately after the accident.
Angrez Singh Rana who heads the administration as deputy commissioner, said efforts are being made to airlift eight critically-injured passengers to Jammu.
”The next of the kin of the deceased will be given an ex gratia relief of Rs 5 lakh each, while Rs 50,000 will be given to each of the injured persons,” Rana said.
This is the third major accident in Kishtwar district in the last one month.
While 13 Machail Yatra devotees were killed when their cab plunged into a gorge on August 21, seven persons were killed and 12 others injured when two vehicles were hit by boulders a day earlier.