13 killed as bus falls down gorge in Kash­mir

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - WORLD -

SRI­NA­GAR, In­dia: Thir­teen peo­ple were killed Satur­day when a pas­sen­ger bus fell 70 me­tres down a gorge in south­ern In­dian-ad­min­is­tered Kash­mir, po­lice said.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred as the bus car­ry­ing 26 pas­sen­gers was ne­go­ti­at­ing a sharp turn on a nar­row road in the moun­tains of Poonch, some 200km south of Sri­na­gar, se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice Ra­jiv Pandey said.

“Thir­teen died in the ac­ci­dent and the rest were in­jured,” Pandey told AFP, adding three crit­i­cally in­jured pas­sen­gers were evac­u­ated by air to a hospi­tal in the city of Jammu.Care­less driv­ing and bad, nar­row and wind­ing roads in the moun­tain­ous ter­ri­tory cause fre­quent ac­ci­dents with pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles of­ten slip­ping into deep gorges.

In In­dia an av­er­age of 150,000 peo­ple die in road ac­ci­dents each year. — AFP

An in­jured pas­sen­ger is brought to a hospi­tal for treat­ment in Jammu. — AFP photo

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