Ten killed, over 50 injured after Katra-bound bus falls into gorge in Jammu

Pained by loss of lives in tragic accident, have directed admin to provide all possible assistance: LG Sinha
Ten killed, over 50 injured after Katra-bound bus falls into gorge in Jammu

Jammu, May 30: At least ten people were killed and around 30 injured when a bus fell into a deep gorge on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Tuesday morning.

The devastating incident prompted expressions of deep sorrow from LG Manoj Sinha, who conveyed his heartfelt grief over the unfortunate event.

Health sources told Greater Kashmir that at least ten people have died in the accident so far. Several people have sustained critical injuries, they said.

According to officials, the bus was on its way to Katra from Amritsar when the incident took place near Jhajjar Kotli - about 15 km from Katra in Jammu district. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jammu, Chandan Kohli said that the injured were shifted to the hospital.

"The bus was going from Amritsar to Katra, towards Mata Vaishno Devi and rolled down the Jhajjar Kotli bridge. Around eight people died and around 30 were injured. The injured people have been shifted to a hospital," said Chandan Kohli.

He said that paramilitary teams and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) were helping the police in evacuation and rescue operations. "All other teams - paramilitary teams and SDRF - are helping the police. Locals are helping too so that people can be evacuated and rescued," said the SSP.

Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Avny Lavasa told Greater Kashmir that 10 pilgrims have been killed so far and 57 others injured.

Assistant Commandant Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Ashok Choudhary said that a crane was also being brought to check if someone is trapped under the bus.

"CRPF, Police and other teams are also here. Ambulances were called and the injured were immediately rushed to hospital. Bodies have also been taken to the hospital. A crane is being brought here to see if someone is trapped under the bus. A rescue operation is underway. We are being told that the bus was coming from Amritsar and that people from Bihar were on board. They perhaps lost their way to Katra and reached here," said Choudhary.

Further details are awaited. (With inputs from agencies)

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