At least 20 people were killed and 13 injured when a minibus fell into a deep gorge along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway near here, a senior police officer said on Saturday.
“So far, 10 bodies were retrieved from the accident site, while 15 people rushed to hospital,” Deputy Inspector General of Police, Doda-Kishtwar-Ramban range, Rafiq-ul-Hassan told PTI.
Jammu & Kashmir: A mini bus on its way from Banihal to Ramban fell into a deep gorge at Kela Moth on Jammu Srinagar National Highway. Rescue operations underway. More details awaited— ANI (@ANI) October 6, 2018
SSP, Ramban, Anita Sharma said the jam-packed minibus was going to Ramban from Banihal.
On reaching Kela morh near Maroof, the driver lost control and the vehicle rolled down into the 200-feet-deep gorge, she said.
According to the Deputy Inspector General of Police, the death toll might go up as the rescue operation was still in progress and the condition of some of the injured was stated to be “critical”.
He said police and Army personnel, along with local volunteers, are engaged in the rescue operation.