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At least 13 passengers are reported to have died today (Saturday,Dec 8)  and several others were injured in a bus accident in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The accident took place when a passenger bus heading from Loran to Poonch, skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge at Plera, which is nearly 30 km away from Poonch.

The bus came to rest on a rocky stream between two hills, falling from the narrow mountain road. It hit the rocks with such force that the roof tore off completely, rescuers who were at the site, said.

The front part of the bus got separated by the impact and was flung some metres away from the main chassis.

A police officer said that the driver appeared to have lost control of the bus. The badly mangled bus came to a halt at the bottom of the gorge by a river bank.

The injured have been shifted to a sub-district hospital in Mandi for treatment.

District development commissioner of Poonch, Rahul Yadav, said, “We have confirmed 34 injured people are being treated at different hospitals. We have arranged air ambulance for those in critical condition; a chopper will arrive soon from Jammu. The government will extend every possible help.”

The number of dead may rise as some of the injured people are critical, a police officer said.

Rajiv Pandey, SSP Poonch confirmed 13 deaths.

Further details are awaited.

(With ANI Inputs)

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