At least 11 people, including a five-year-old child, three teenagers, and a woman, were killed and 27 others injured when an overloaded minibus they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district on Wednesday.
Sources said that the accident occurred near Barari Ballah Sawjian when the driver of the bus (JK12-1419) apparently lost control over it. The bus veered off the road and rolled several hundred meters down into the gorge, they said. Soon after the accident, locals, police, and the army rushed to the spot and launched a massive rescue operation. Nine people died on the spot or on the way to the hospital, police said.
At least 27 people were injured and rushed to a nearby hospital, the official said. The condition of eleven of them is stated to be critical and they have been shifted to District Hospital Poonch, the official added.
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Wednesday announced Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the next of kin of those killed in the accident.
“Saddened by the loss of lives due to a road accident in Sawjian, Poonch. Condolences to bereaved families,” Sinha, who reviewed the development scenario in Poonch only on Tuesday, said in a tweet. “May the injured recover soon,” he said, adding, “Rs 5 lakh would be given to the next of kin of the deceased. Directed Police and Civil authorities to provide the best possible treatment to the injured.”