At least 30 people were killed and dozens injured in a bus accident in Kashmir News

At least 30 people were killed and dozens injured in a bus accident in Kashmir  News

The accident occurred on a remote mountain road in the Doda district, about 200 kilometers southeast of the region’s main city of Srinagar.

At least 30 people were killed and more than two dozen others injured after a passenger bus skidded off a Himalayan highway and rolled down a steep slope onto another road in Indian-administered Kashmir, officials said.

The accident occurred on Wednesday on a remote mountain road in Doda district, about 200 kilometers southeast of the region’s main city of Srinagar.

The 42-seater bus was on its way to the southern city of Jammu from the town of Kishtwar when it veered off the road and fell about 660 feet (200 meters) onto an old road in the mountainous region, said Harvinder Singh, a civic official.

“Thirty passengers died in the accident caused by the driver’s negligence when he crashed into the road barrier,” police officer Sunil Gupta told AFP, adding that more than 25 people were also injured, at least 10 of them in serious condition. .

Residents and authorities rushed to the scene and the rescue operation began.

A video clip from the site showed a horrific scene of many bodies, while rescuers tried to treat the injured who were taken to nearby health facilities. The injured were transferred in critical condition to a hospital in Jammu.

The exact cause of the accident was not immediately known.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the incident was “painful” and offered his “condolences to the families who lost their loved ones and loved ones.”

“I pray to God that the injured recover as soon as possible,” he said on Twitter previously, adding that government compensation of more than $2,400 will be provided to the next of kin of the dead, and $600 to the injured.

Home Minister Amit Shah said in a post on X that he was “deeply saddened to learn of the loss of precious lives.”

“The local administration is conducting a rescue operation in the valley where the bus fell,” he wrote.

India has some of the highest road fatality rates in the world, with hundreds of thousands of people killed and injured annually. Most traffic accidents are attributed to reckless driving, poor road maintenance and old vehicles.

Last year, a century-old suspension bridge collapsed into a river in the western Indian state of Gujarat, sending hundreds into the water and killing at least 132 people in one of the country’s worst accidents in the past decade.

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