New Delhi: One Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel died and 24 injured others were injured after the bus they were travelling in fell into a deep gorge at Jammu-Srinagar highway , news agency ANI reported on Monday. The accident occurred near Khooni Nala in Ramban district.
A private bus carrying the ITBP personnel from the valley to Jammu went out of the driver’s control at Khuni Nallah in Ramban district and plunged into a deep gorge.
All the injured have been rushed to a hospital nearby. As of now, rescue and search operations are underway. DC Ramban said, “We have rescued 24 persons with injuries & 1 dead. We are evacuating seriously injured to Jammu via chopper. There were reportedly 35 persons travelling.”
Earlier on December 8, at least thirteen people lost their lives after a bus fell into a gorge in the Poonch sector. According to a report, the bus which was going to Loran skidded off and fell into a gorge in Plera. The registration number of the passenger bus is JK02W0445, the report said.
In an earlier incident on October 6, 21 persons were killed and 15 injured when an overcrowded mini-bus fell into a 200-ft-deep gorge after its driver lost control over the vehicle on Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Ramban district, officials said.
Among the dead were four women and the driver. Ten critically injured passengers were airlifted from the accident site to Army hospital at Udhampur and two others to Jammu, they had said.
The vehicle was on its way to Ramban town from Banihal when the accident occurred at around 9.55 AM. The driver lost control over the overcrowded vehicle which rolled down the deep gorge at Kela Morh near Maroof, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Doda-Kishtwar-Ramban range, Rafiq-ul-Hassan, told PTI.