At least 3 people, including a 13-year-old girl and her mother, died and 24 people sustained injuries after a collision between 2 buses on Jammu-Pathankot National Highway on Wednesday.
Of 24 people injured in the accident between Supwal and Nanke Chak villages, at 5:30 pm, 16 have suffered serious injuries.
Eight injured were referred to Jammu Medical College. The deceased have been identified as Mangi Devi, a resident of Batala Punjab, her 13-year-old daughter Tania and Kasturi Lal son Pulla Ram, a resident of Rajpura Samba.
The police reports said that a Uttar Pradesh roadways bus (UP14FT-3267) going from Jammu to Pathankot was on its route at a normal speed, meanwhile, another bus (JK02AP-5095) going from Jammu to Kathua at high speed hit the UP bus from behind.
Due to the collision, this high speed bus also dragged the other bus for about a hundred meters. There was panic among the passengers in both the buses. People passing by immediately started rescue work. The police also reached the spot upon receiving information. The injured were rushed to the Samba district hospital, where the doctors declared three people brought dead.
After giving first aid, eight injured one by one were sent to Jammu GMC. At the same time, District Deputy Commissioner Anuradha Gupta announced a relief of Rs 50,000 each to the seriously injured and Rs 1 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased.
Additional Superintendent of Police, Surendra Chaudhary and Tehsildar Rampal Sharma reached the district hospital to inquire the condition of the injured passengers and told the doctors to ensure proper treatment. The officials said that appropriate action would be taken against the speeding passenger vehicles.
Kali Mandi Sarpanch Ravindra Singh, BJP and Congress leaders reached the hospital and asked the doctors to provide all possible help to the injured. They have also requested the police to take strict action against the super fast bus drivers traveling towards Jammu-Kathua.