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India: 2 killed, 15 injured in Jammu and Kashmir car crash

Representative image: Indian villagers from the India-Pakistan border area board a bus. September 29, 2016. Photograph: (AFP)

Reuters Jammu and Kashmir Feb 12, 2017, 07.09 AM (IST)

Two people were killed and 15 others injured after a passenger vehicle collided with a bus in Doda town in India's northernmost Jammu and Kashmir state on Saturday.

The accident took place at Batote Kishtwar national highway, about 15 kilometres away from Doda, when the passenger vehicle lost control and collided head on with a bus coming from the opposite direction.

Police and local residents rushed to the spot and began rescuing the injured.

"A winger (passenger vehicle) rammed into a bus. Driver of winger died on spot and one woman died while we were shifting her to hospital. Rest 15 people are injured," said Doda Assistant Commissioner of Revenue, Ranjeet Singh.

All the injured were shifted to Doda hospital where the condition of two is reported to be critical.

India has the world's deadliest roads, the result of a flood of untrained drivers, inadequate law enforcement, badly maintained highways and cars that fail modern crash tests.

In India, a person is killed in a road accident every four minutes.

A government report shows deaths in road accidents are more than four times the deaths by terror attacks in India. A total of 139,671 people lost their lives on India's roads in 2014.

(Reuters)

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