At least 21 killed in bus crash in Indian Kashmir

At least 21 people have been killed and more than 30 injured  as a bus carrying Hindu pilgrims fell into a gorge in Indian Kashmir, officials said.

Authorities said that the accident happened at Chungi Morh area of Akhnoor in the region's Jammu division.

The bus fell into a deep gorge of around 200 feet,? the regional Transport Commissioner Rajinder Singh told EFE.

He added that the vehicle was carrying pilgrims to the Shiv Khori area in Jammu's Reasi district.

Akhnoor's Block Medical Officer Saleem Khan told EFE that 21 persons were brought dead to the hospital while several others are being treated.

Locals alleged that the bus was heavily overloaded.

"More than 30 people have sustained injuries in the accident, some of them critically," a policeman who was part of the rescue operation told EFE.

Road accidents in India are common due to the poor condition of the roads, the poor condition of some vehicles and the general lack of respect for traffic rules.

In 2022, 168,491 people were killed in India and more than 443,366 injured in some 461,312 road accidents, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Highway and Highway Transport.