Udhampur/Jammu: At least 16 pilgrims, all hailing from Delhi, were injured in a road mishap when a mini-bus en route the famous Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine skidded off the road and fell into a 15-feet deep ditch in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Sunday. Also Read - Secret Tunnel Used to Infiltrate Terrorists From Pakistan Detected in J&K's Kathua | Watch

The accident took place near Chenani late Saturday night when the vehicle was returning from snow-bound Patnitop hill resort, the officials said. Also Read - 'Can't Even Kiss My Wife', Says Farooq Abdullah, Laments The Pandemic

They said the bus was heading for Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Reasi district when its driver lost control over the wheel and as a result of which it veered off the road and fell into a 15-feet deep ditch. Also Read - BRO Constructs 110-feet Bailey Bridge at Kela Morh on Jammu-Srinagar Highway in Record Time

The rescuers immediately swung into action and shifted 16 of the injured to sub-district hospital in Udhampur, the officials said, adding that the condition of all of them was stated to be “stable”.

Ten other devotees escaped unhurt in the accident, they added.

(With inputs from PTI)