33 killed after a mini bus fell into a gorge in J&K

At least 33 people were killed and 13 others were injured when an overloaded mini bus veered off the road and fell into a deep gorge in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir, this morning.

According to police sources, though exact details have not come to us but 33 people are feared dead and many others have been injured. Rescue teams have been dispatched to the site of mishap. Kishtwar is around 230 Kms from Jammu.The accident took place around 7.50 am in Keshwan area of the hilly district.

Local witnesses said that 33 persons are feared dead while many others were injured, five of them critically when a mini bus bearing registration number JK 17/6787 met with an accident in Keshwan area of Kishtwar district on Monday. The accident took place near Sirgwari.

“About 20 injured have been referred to nearby hospital for specialized treatment,” officials said. The officials expressed apprehension that the death toll may go up as many injured are in critical condition.

Locals were the first responders to the accident. The injured have been shifted to District Hospital Kishtwar. However, Kishtwar SSP, Shakti Pathak, did not divulge the exact count of dead and said the police were still in the middle of rescue operations.

It may be recalled on June 27, 11 students from Poonch died in a road accident on Mughal Road, when an overspeeding Tempo Traveller skidded off the road and plunged into a gorge. Among the 11 dead, nine were girls. The students were on an excursion from Surankote tehsil in Poonch district to Mugal road.

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