Ramban, (Jammu and Kashmir), May 20 ANI | 1 year ago

The victims who were seriously injured in a road accident in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday were shifted to Jammu for further treatment.

A bus fell into a deep gorge on the Jammu-Srinagar highway at Digdol in Ramban district in the wee hours of the morning at around 2.30 a.m killing 17 people and injuring another 33.

"We had shifted 33 injured from here to the district hospital in Ramban, out of which 17 critically injured victims have now been shifted to Jammu for further treatment. We have recovered 17 dead bodies, 15 of them have reached the district hospital. One body is still trapped under the remains of the bus which is being removed with the help of crane. The administration and the general public are helping the victims in all possible manners," said Assistant Commissioner of Ramban, Tariq Mushtaq.

The Quick Response Team (QRT) including local police, State Disaster Response Force, volunteers of District Red Cross Society, officials of Territorial Army and paramilitary forces besides the local residents carried out the rescue operation.

Most of the victims reportedly hailed from other states but were visiting the valley for work.

Reportedly, the bus was carrying 53 persons including the driver and the cleaner. The accused driver and the cleaner fled from the site after the accident.

Meanwhile, state Home minister Sajad Kitchloo and Additional Director General of Police, K. Rajendera visited the injured at the District Hospital, Ramban.

An ex-gratia of rupees 10,000 was announced for the injured and rupees one lakh each for the nearest kin of the dead.

The victims blamed the driver for the accident on the serpentine road that passes through high mountains and deep valleys.

(Posted on 21-05-2014)

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