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35 dead as bus falls into gorge in J&K

Prime News, National, Kishtwar (J&K), July 1:- In a tragic accident, 35 persons were killed and 17 others injured, when a matador (mini bus), they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge at Thakrie area in Keshwan in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.

According to reports, a mini bus with the capacity of 25 passengers bearing registration number JK17-6787 was carrying 52 passengers and was proceeding from Keshwan to Kishtwar, when driver lost control on the steering while negotiating a sharp curve and the vehicle skidded off the road and rolled down about 250 feet and fell into a nallah at Sirgwari (Thakrie) near Kuryal Pul, about 23 km from Kishtwar town.

After receiving information about the mishap, police, SDRF, volunteers of Ababeel and Red Cross Society along with locals rushed to the spot and started a rescue operation Later, the Army also joined the rescue operation.

All passengers were shifted to District Hospital in Kishtwar, where doctors declared 23 as brought dead while 12 more succumbed to their injuries, taking toll to 35, reports said.

An official said that 52 passengers were on board when the mishap took place. Three critically injured were airlifted to GMC Jammu for further treatment. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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