5 killed, 45 injured in road accident in India-controlled Kashmir

16:51, April 28, 2010      

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At least five people, including a two-year old child, were killed and 45 others injured Tuesday evening after a passenger bus they were traveling in skidded off a road and fell into a gorge in India- controlled Kashmir, officials said Wednesday.

The accident took place Tuesday evening at around 18:10 p.m. local time at Kaghote in Udhampur district, 232 km south of Srinagar, the summer capital of India-controlled Kashmir.

The injured have been removed to the Doda Hospital for treatment, authorities said.

According to the officials the ill-fated bus skidded off the road while crossing a bridge and rolled down in a 40-feet deep gorge.

According to traffic department officials, last year 1,031 people died in more than 5,000 road accidents in India-controlled Kashmir.

Deadly road accidents are common in this mountainous region often caused by overloading, bad condition of roads and reckless driving.

Source: Xinhua


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