At least ten people were killed and 55 were injured when officials said a bus bringing Hindu pilgrims to a shrine in Indian-controlled Kashmir skidded off a highway bridge into a Himalayan gorge on Tuesday.
According to authorities, the bus travelled from Amritsar in the northern state of Punjab to Katra town when it crashed into a gorge near Jammu.
The vehicle was crowded, local police officer Chandan Kohli informed the media. He said the victims were from the eastern Indian state of Bihar.
Authorities and locals hurried over to the accident scene and started a rescue operation as the injured were taken to the hospital nearby.
Thousands of people are killed and wounded on Indian roads yearly, making it one of the countries with the highest road fatality rates globally.
Ageing vehicles, poorly maintained roads, and careless driving are the reasons for most crashes in the country.