Kashmir: 11 dead, 29 injured in bus accident

A minibus tumbled into a deep gorge in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Wednesday, killing 11 people and injuring 29 others.

The Associated Press September 14, 2022 16:31:50 IST
Kashmir: 11 dead, 29 injured in bus accident

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On Wednesday, an Indian-controlled minibus crashed into a deep gorge in Kashmir, killing 11 people and injuring 29 others, according to officials. According to the Press Trust of India news agency, the bus had at least 36 passengers when the accident happened close to Sawjian, a village in Jammu’s Poonch district. It quoted authorities as saying that the army, police, and nearby villagers were engaged in rescue operations.

Nine people were killed on the spot and two others died later in a hospital. Officials said the 29 injured people were in critical condition, including six who were airlifted to a hospital in Jammu, PTI reported. The bus, which was carrying a number of students, plunged about 75 meters (250 feet) down the steep gorge.

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha announced in a tweet that compensation of 500,000 rupees (about $6,300) would be given to victims’ families. India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, and president, Droupadi Murmu, both expressed their condolences on Twitter. “My thoughts are with all those who lost their loved ones. Wishing the injured a speedy recovery,” Modi wrote.

Last month, a bus carrying paramilitary soldiers in the Kashmir region skidded off a mountainous road and rolled down into a river, killing six people and injuring dozens.

Hundreds of thousands of people are killed or injured annually on India’s roads. Most accidents are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and aging vehicles.

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