On Tuesday, a tragic incident occurred in Indian when a bus carrying Hindu pilgrims to a shrine in controlled Kashmir veered off a highway bridge and plunged into a gorge in the Himalayan region. The police have reported that at least ten people lost their lives, while fifty-five others suffered injuries.
A report from ABC News states that the ill-fated bus was en route from Amritsar City to Katra Town when it tragically lost control near Jammu City, leading to the fatal accident. Local police officer Chandan Kohli has stated that the bus was carrying an excessive number of passengers. The victims were identified as individuals from Bihar state in eastern India.
Following the incident, both residents and authorities quickly responded, initiating a rescue operation at the site. The injured victims were promptly taken to nearby hospitals for medical treatment,
The shrine of Vaishno Devi in Katra holds immense reverence among Hindus, attracting hundreds of thousands of pilgrims every year.
India is still grappling with one of the highest rates of road accidents in the world, which cause countless deaths and injuries annually. Reckless driving, inadequate road maintenance, and ageing vehicles are often cited as the primary reasons for such accidents.