Army’s timely action saved bus from falling into gorge

Prompt action by Indian Army personnel averted a major tragedy during the Amarnath Yatra when a bus carrying 40 pilgrims narrowly escaped falling into a deep gorge in Ramban area on Jammu-Srinagar highway.

10 persons, including 6 men, 3 women and a child were injured as panic-stricken they jumped out of the bus whose brakes had failed, a defence spokesperson said on Tuesday.

The spokesperson said the accident was averted at Nachlana in Ramban district where a langar vehicle lost control due to brake failure. The Army acted promptly and stopped the vehicle and provided medical aid to the injured persons.

Giving details, he said the Indian Army in coordination with Jammu and Kashmir Police averted a major tragedy when a langar vehicle from Amarnath to Hoshiarpur in Punjab lost control due to brake failure.

Indian Army personnel and Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel tried to slow down the bus by placing stones under its tyres and prevent it from falling into the ditch.

Meanwhile, 40 passengers in the vehicle panicked and started jumping off the bus, injuring themselves.

Army quick reaction teams and ambulances responded immediately and provided medical assistance and first aid to all the injured persons at their local medical centre in Nachlana.