14 killed, 30 wounded in Kashmir road accident

Jammu, May 20 (IANS) Fourteen people were killed and 30 injured when a bus going to the Valley fell into a deep gorge on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Ramban district of Jammu region Tuesday.

A senior police officer told IANS in winter capital Jammu that a bus carrying passengers from Jammu to Srinagar fell into a deep gorge after it went out of the driver's control at Digdol in Ramban district of Jammu region in the morning.

"Fourteen passengers have died in this accident so far. Thirty others are injured. Helicopters have been rushed to the spot to evacuate the injured to hospital.

"Army personnel posted in the area are assisting the civil administration in relief and rescue operation," the officer said.

The place where the ill-fated bus met the accident is 170 km from winter capital Jammu.

Reports said most of the passengers in the bus were youths coming to the Valley from Poonch and Rajouri districts for a recruitment rally.

Reports also said some of the passengers travelling in the bus belonged to Gujarat.