13 dead as bus falls into gorge in J&K
Jammu: At least 13 people were killed and 13 others injured when the bus they were travelling in skidded off the road and plunged into a deep gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district on Saturday morning.
The accident took place around 9.15am at Tehsil Mandi when the driver of the bus coming from Loran lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a curve, a police officer said, adding that the vehicle was “overloaded”. Out of the 13 injured, six were airlifted to Jammu.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Poonch Rajiv Pandey said, “On receiving the information, police and civil administration, along with locals, immediately started rescue operation.”
Poonch deputy commissioner (DC) Rahul Yadav confirmd the death toll. “The Army provided logistical support like cranes to lift the bus as some people were trapped under the debris,” he said.