At least 22 people were killed when their bus skidded off the mountainous road in Indian administered kashmir and fell into a Deep gorge.
Kashmir::(India)::The death toll from Saturday’s major mini-bus accident in Indian administered Kashmir has risen to 22, police said.
According to officials, the mini-bus with 36 passengers on board skidded off the mountainous road and fell into a gorge in Ramban district about 135 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian adminstrated Kashmir.
According to locals the ill fated vehicle was going from Banihal town to Ramban district headquarter.Officials said the victims were local passengers heading to the main town.
Following the accident locals informed police who along with disaster response force personnel and medical teams rushed to the spot to carry out rescue work of removing injured to the hospital and retrieving bodies from the gorge.
According to police, the 36 passengers were inside the mini-bus at the time of the accident, more than its carrying capacity.
Deputy commissioner of Ramban, Showkat Aijaz Bhat, said the administration sought help from airforce to airlift the injured to a hospital in Jammu.
India has the world’s deadliest roads, with more than 110,000 people killed annually. Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and aging vehicles.