SRINAGAR: The bus accident in Doda district on November 15, claiming 39 lives and injuring 17, is attributed to a combination of factors, including poor road conditions, overspeeding, and driver fatigue, reported The Tribune.
Divisional Commissioner Ramesh Kumar established an inquiry committee, led by Doda Additional District Magistrate Ravi Kumar Bharti, alongside the Assistant Road Transport Officer (ARTO) and Superintending Engineer (PWD).
The inquiry report, now with the divisional commissioner, remains undisclosed. The bus, en route from Kishtwar to Jammu through challenging terrain, met with the accident at Assar in Doda.
In addressing the recurring accidents in Kishtwar and Doda districts, officials, as per The Tribune emphasise the necessity of specialised measures. A panel, comprising administration, PWD, and Motor Vehicle Department representatives, was formed, but there is a call for engaging an expert agency, according to a Motor Vehicle Department official.
Insiders acquainted with the report details cite multiple factors contributing to the accident.
The road’s sharp turns, coupled with overspeeding and driver fatigue, are identified as prominent issues. Officials, who extensively visited the accident site and engaged with victims, reveal concerns about drivers experiencing fatigue on this route.
The region has witnessed numerous accidents where vehicles plunge into gorges, resulting in significant loss of life. The recent incident saw the bus rolling down approximately 300 feet.