Six dead after bus falls into gorge in J&K’s Udhampur

Six people were killed andnd more than 30 others were injured when a Srinagar-bound private bus skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday night.

The accident happened at Chandeh village near Surinsar around midnight when the driver of the bus lost control over the vehicle which rolled down into the gorge, the officials said.

They said the driver had reportedly taken the interior route to dodge traffic police in view of the restrictions on the main Jammu-Srinagar national highway which was opened for traffic from Jammu to Srinagar on Saturday after five days of closure due to landslides caused by rain and snowfall. They said a rescue operation was immediately launched.

Five persons were found dead while 32 were rescued and rushed to Government Medical College hospital Jammu for treatment, the officials said.

They said one of them was declared dead by doctors on arrival. A few of the injured were stated to be “critical”, the officials said.

On February 12, at least 30 people were injured when a bus on its way from Ahmedabad to Morena in Madhya Pradesh overturned in Rajasthan’s Baran district after the driver lost control of the vehicle. The driver of the private bus, with over 60 passengers onboard, was reportedly drunk and he continued watching videos on his phone despite some passengers raising objection to it. \

In December last year, at least 11 people dead and 34 others injured as a bus from Poonch to Mandi fell in a gorge. The bus was heading towards Poonch from Loran.

(With inputs from PTI)