SRINAGAR: At least 10 people were killed and 20 others injured after a mini-bus carrying them skidded off the road and fell into a gorge in Indian- controlled Kashmir, police said Saturday.
The accident took place Friday evening at Pasana near Arnas in Reasi district, about 108 km north of Jammu city, the winter capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.
“Last evening an accident took place here in which 10 people wee killed and 20 others are wounded,” said an official at police control room at Reasi. “All the injured were immediately hospitalized and nine critically ones were referred to government medical college hospital in Jammu.”
According to officials, the ill-fated vehicle bearing registration number JK20-1946 was carrying passengers on a local route when it met the accident at Pasana.
“The vehicle has fallen into 300 feet deep gorge and eight people died on spot,” the police official said.
Reports said mini-bus was jam-packed and carrying passengers beyond its seating capacity.
Deadly road accidents are common in this mountainous region often caused by overloading, bad condition of roads and reckless driving.
On Thursday five people were killed and four others were injured after a passenger vehicle carrying them fell into a deep gorge in Kupwara.
Last year at least 1,165 people were killed and 9,755 were injured in 6,709 road accidents in the region.