At least 30 people died and several injured after a bus fell into a deep gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district on Wednesday.
The bus skidded off the road and rolled down into a 300-feet gorge near Trungal-Assar on the Batote-Kishtwar national highway, Jammu Divisional Commissioner Ramesh Kumar was quoted as saying by PTI. Around 40 passengers were on board the bus bearing registration number JK02CN-6555.
VIDEO | Several people feared dead after a bus, travelling from Kishtwar to Jammu, plunged into a deep gorge in Assar area of the Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir earlier today.
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A rescue operation has been launched and some bodies have been retrieved, officials added.
Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha, expressed his condolences to the bereaved families.
“Extremely pained by the loss of lives in a tragic bus accident in Assar, Doda. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved families & wishing for a speedy recovery of those injured in the accident. Directed Div Com & Dist Admin to provide all necessary assistance to affected persons,” Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor said.