2 killed, 22 hurt after Yatri bus meets accident

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SRINAGAR: An Amarnath pilgrim and a local driver were killed and 23 others injured when their bus collided with a truck on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway on Wednesday, officials said.

A bus, carrying Amarnath pilgrims, collided with the truck at Sangam near Bijbehara, 45 kms from here, in the wee hours, killing two persons – Pramod Kumar of Meerut, Uttar Pradesh and driver Bilal Ahmad Mir of Kangan, Ganderbal, the officials said.

23 pilgrims also received injuries in the accident which took place when the bus was on the way to Jammu from Baltal base camp in Ganderbal district.

Soon after the accident, the people in Bijbehara, who are mourning the death of two youths, including a Delhi University student in the widespread violence following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani last week, rushed to the scene despite the curfew and evacuated the injured to the hospital.

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