Srinagar, July 7: At least two persons died and 48 others were injured- seven of them critically- after a bus carrying a marriage party plunged into a roadside gorge in Kiya village in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, police said.
Police said that the driver of the bus bearing registration number JK14D-5050 carrying 50 baratis lost control over the vehicle in the area on Basantgarh road as a result of which the bus skidded off the road and plunged into a 100 meters deep gorge in Ramnagar tehsil.
Two people identified as Prem Nath, 55, son of Lisu, resident of Gundian and Shammi Kumar, 32, son of Munshi Ram, resident of Bassi died in the accident. Forty-eight others injured in the mishap were evacuated and shifted to the Sub District Hospital at Ramnagar of whom 14 critically injured were referred to District Hospital Udhampur and GMC Jammu for specialized treatment, an official said.
Meanwhile, a case in this regard has been registered at the concerned police station and further investigation has been initiated. Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the Next of Kin of the deceased in the accident and Rs 50,000 each to the injured adding the UT Government will bear the cost of their treatment.
The Lt Governor expressed grief over the unfortunate incident and directed the district administration to ensure the best possible treatment to the injured.
“Extremely pained by the loss of lives due to a tragic road accident in Ramnagar, Udhampur. My deepest condolences to the bereaved families and prayers for speedy recovery of injured”, he said in a statement.