Deccan Chronicle - - Nation - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Four­teen peo­ple in­clud­ing a mother-daugh­ter duo and three other women were killed and six­teen oth­ers were in­jured when a pas­sen­ger bus skid­ded off the road and rolled down into a deep gorge in Jammu and Kash­mir’s fron­tier district of Poonch on Satur­day. The po­lice said that the ill­fated 42-seater bus was on its way to Poonch town from Loran vil­lage when it met with the ac­ci­dent near Plera vil­lage af­ter driver lost con­trol over the steer­ing. Three of the crit­i­cally in­jured pas­sen­gers have been air­lifted to win­ter cap­i­tal Jammu for spe­cialised treat­ment, the of­fi­cials said. The po­lice and hos­pi­tal sources said that six of them were found dead on the spot and eight more suc­cumbed to in­juries while be­ing evac­u­ated from the scene or in hos­pi­tal. Jammu and Kash­mir Gov­er­nor Satya Pal Ma­lik ex­pressed grief and an­guish over the loss of lives in the tragic road ac­ci­dent.

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