Death toll in bus accident climbs to 22

Officials said 21 passengers were killed and 41 injured when a bus skidded off the road about 80km from Jammu on Thursday evening.

By   |  Published: 21st Oct 2016  9:33 am
An injured man who was involved in a deadly bus accident is transported to the Government Medical College hospital in Jammu on October 20, 2016. AFP PHOTO / -

Jammu: The death toll in the bus accident in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir has risen to 22 after three more persons succumbed to their injuries.

“Three more persons lost their lives, taking the death count to 22 in yesterday’s tragic bus accident in the district,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Tahir Sajjad Bhat told PTI.

15 persons were killed on the spot whereas seven others seriously injured lost their lives on way to hospital.

The overcrowded bus was carrying 62 passengers when the mishap took place near Jyotipuram in the district on Thursday evening.

“Moments before the accident the driver had stopped the bus to carry on more passengers who were waiting for another vehicle after their bus had developed some technical snag. The driver lost the control of the bus due to overcrowding and it fell into a gorge,” the SSP said.

The ill-fated bus was on its way to Bakkle from Reasi when the accident took place.

The seriously injured patients were airlifted to Government Medical College (GMC) hospital for treatment.