RAJOURI, Sept 11: At least 17 passengers were injured, three of them seriously, when a passenger bus and a tipper met head on collision near Lamberi, on Jammu-Rajouri highway this afternoon.
Official sources said that mishap took place at around 1.50 pm near Pir Baba at Lamberi. The bus bearing registration No. JK02AK/3047 was on way to Rajouri from Jammu while the tipper No. JK-11/ 4957 was moving in opposite direction. The bus after collision went out of control and fell into a gorge while the tipper fell on the road side.
Immediately after the mishap, the traffic on the busy highway came to halt. The people rushed for the rescue operation. The police also arrived there after some time. Some of the passengers were shifted to SDH Sunderbani while others to Nowshera hospital. One seriously injured Mamta Devi was referred to GMC Hospital, Jammu. Some of the injured were discharged after providing first-aid at the hospital. The police said that over speeding of vehicles, was the reason behind the accident.
The injured were identified as Amit Kumar-13 and Sahil-17, sons of Rashpal, residents of Channi Parat; Saleem Choudhary-18, son of Mohd Razak, resident of Lamberi; Sewa Ram-50, son of Sita Ram, resident of Chowki Handan; Mukhtar Ahmed-18, son of Maqbool Hussain, resident of Hari Mehrote in Surankote; Mamta Devi-30, wife of Deepak Kumar, resident of Thandapani (referred to GMC Jammu); Nishi-35, wife of Shiv Dutt, resident of Banpuri, Harshit Sharma-11, son of Shiv Dutt, resident of Banpuri; Shahila Begum-21, wife of Mohd Iqbal, resident of Chhani; Mohd Iqbal (30), son of Abdul Rashid, resident of Dandesar; Zareena Begum-40, wife of Khalid Hussain, resident of Rajouri and Mohd Iqbal-24, son of Abdul Majid, resident of Channi. Later, two more accident victims- Zareena Begum and Mohd Iqbal were also referred to GMC Hospital, Jammu for specialized treatment. The police has registered a case in this connection.