Ten people killed after ‘overloaded’ bus falls into gorge


At least 10 people were killed and 55 injured when a bus carrying Hindu pilgrims fell into a gorge in India.

The bus skidded off a bridge and fell into a Himalayan gorge near the city of Jammu in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Tuesday.

It was travelling to the town of Katra from Amritsar in the northern state of Punjab.

Those killed were from India’s eastern Bihar state, police said.

Officer Chandan Kohli told reporters the bus was overloaded.

Rescuers prepare to use a crane after a bus carrying Hindu pilgrims to a shrine skid off a highway bridge into a Himalayan gorge near Jammu, India, Tuesday, May 30, 2023. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
The crash site Pic: AP

The passengers were visiting the shrine of Vaishno Devi in Katra, which is highly revered by Hindus. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims visit it every year.

India has one of the highest road death rates in the world, with thousands of people killed and injured annually.

Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and old vehicles.

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