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J&K: Bus falls into gorge, 25 dead

By Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar
Last updated on: June 24, 2009 17:24 IST
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At least 25 people were killed and 43 injured when the bus they were travelling in rolled into a deep gorge in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.

A senior police officer told that the mishap occurred when the driver lost control of the bus, which was on its way to Udhampur from Katra.

"Rescue efforts were launched immediately and till now, we have extricated 25 bodies," the police official said, adding that the injured had been rushed to a nearby hospital.

The critically-wounded passengers have been shifted to Srinagar.

Image: A security person stands beside the wreckage of the passenger bus
Photograph: Amit Gupta/Reuters

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Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar