SRINAGAR: Fifteen passengers were killed, and 24 injured, six of them critically, in a major road accident in the Rajouri district on Friday, reports from Jammu said.
The accident occurred this afternoon near the Mandir Gala area of the district, some 156 km from the states winter capital.
According to reports, a passenger bus skidded off the road and fell into gorge, killing ten people on the spot.
Five others were said to have died while being shifted to hospital.
Six of the injured were rushed to the Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu in a critical condition, while the others have been admitted to the district hospital in Rajouri.
The government has announced a relief of Rs 1 lakh each for the families of those killed, and Rs 10,000 each for those injured.
Minister for transport, Chaudhary Muhammad Ramzan, accompanied by minister of state for health, Shabir Ahmad Khan, and MLA Darhal, ZulfiqarAli visited Rajouri to review the rescue operation.
They also visited the injured at the Rajouri hospital.
Earlier, speaking in the assembly, the transport minister expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of life in the accident, and conveyed sympathy to the families of the victims.
He said that rescue operation at the accident scene had been launched under the DIG for the Poonch-Rajouri range.
Governor NN Vohra, and chief minister Omar Abdullah, too, have expressed grief and sorrow over the accident, and conveyed sympathy to the bereaved families.
The district administration in Rajouri has announced an immediate relief of Rs 10,000 each to the families of those killed, and Rs 5000 to each of the injured.
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