At least 13 people died and as many were injured after a bus they were in fell into a gorge in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. Six people died on the spot, five succumbed to injuries while being evacuated from the scene, and two died in hospital, a police officer said, according to PTI.
The bus was travelling from Loran to Poonch, NDTV reported. The accident took place at Plera in Mandi area, when the driver lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a curve.
Poonch Senior Superintendent of Police Rajiv Pandey said three of the injured were airlifted to a medical facility in Jammu. The others have been taken to a hospital in Mandi. Pandey said search and rescue operations are now over.
The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee demanded an investigation into frequent accidents in mountainous regions of the state, PTI reported. It said that a special team of government officials should be created to check the condition of old vehicles on roads. The Congress also demanded adequate compensation for the kin of those dead, and for the injured.
At least 20 people had died and 16 were injured after a bus travelling from Banihal to Ramban fell into a gorge on October 6. As many as 13 people had died when a vehicle they were travelling in rolled down the Chenab river near Kwar Dool area in Kishtwar district on August 21.