Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Fatal Accident in Akhnoor Claims 15 Lives

Fifteen passengers died in a tragic road accident in Akhnoor, Jammu. The victims were from Uttar Pradesh. They were on a pilgrimage to Mata Vaishno Devi. The accident occurred near Shivkhori on Wednesday.

The group had hired a private bus for their journey. Around 8:30 AM, the bus lost control on a sharp turn. It overturned and fell into a gorge. The impact was severe, killing 15 passengers instantly. Several others were injured.

Emergency services responded promptly. Local residents also assisted in the rescue operations. The injured were rushed to the nearest hospital. Some are in critical condition. Doctors are providing necessary treatment.

Authorities are investigating the accident. Preliminary reports suggest brake failure. The driver also claimed to have lost control of the vehicle. Forensic experts are examining the bus. They aim to determine the exact cause.

The deceased include men, women, and children. Their bodies have been sent for post-mortem. Identification of the victims is ongoing. Families of the deceased have been informed. Grief and sorrow engulf the community in Uttar Pradesh.

The local administration has extended support. Arrangements are being made to transport the bodies back to their hometowns. Financial aid for the victims’ families is under consideration.

The pilgrimage to Mata Vaishno Devi is popular among devotees. Thousands visit the shrine annually. This incident has raised concerns about road safety. Many are questioning the condition of vehicles used for such.

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