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13 killed, 36 injured in two separate accidents in J-K

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Thirteen people, including four women and a minor, were killed and 36 others injured Saturday in two separate accidents in and districts of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

In the first incident, a 42-seater passenger bus skidded off a road and rolled down into a 100m deep gorge at Plera in Mandi area of district, resulting in the death of 13 persons and injuring 17 others, a said.

The bus was coming from Loran to Poonch, and on reaching Plera. its lost control while negotiating a curve resulting in the accident, the said.

Six persons died on the spot and five more succumbed to injuries while being evacuated, the said, adding that two more died at a local hospital.

He said the condition of four of the injured persons was stated to be critical and are being airlifted to the Government Medical College Hospital, Jammu.

In another accident, the officer said 19 passengers were injured, six of them critically, when a bus rolled down into gorge at Chilla Danga in district.

The critically injured persons were referred to the GMC hospital Jammu, he said.

Governor expressed grief over the loss of lives in the accident in and wished speedy recovery to those injured in the incident.

Meanwhile, the Pradesh Congress Committee demanded an investigation into the frequent accidents in the mountainous belts.

A special team of officials should be constituted to check the condition of old vehicles on roads, especially in the hilly and far-flung areas, the JKPCC said in a statement.

It also demanded adequate compensation to the next of kin of the deceased and the injured.

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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 20:50 IST