Srinagar: Sixteen Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 19 seriously injured when the bus they were travelling in plunged into a gorge on Srinagar-Jammu highway near Binihal on Sunday, authorities said.
The Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corp bus was on its way from Jammu to the Srinagar when the driver reportedly lost control over the vehicle at Nichnala near Banihal town on the highway.
“Sixteen pilgrims were killed on the spot while 19 others have been injured,” a police officer said. “The injured have been airlifted to the Government Medical College Super Specialty Hospital in Jammu,” the officer said. Eight passengers sustained minor injuries.
Official sources said the bus carried 43 passengers including the driver. Army, police and paramilitary forces launched a rescue operation which was joined by locals, who helped to take out the injured pilgrims from the wreckage site. Army helicopters flew the injured to Jammu.