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2 dead, 25 injured as bus overturns in Kathua

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Jammu, Jan 27: Two women died and 25 persons were injured Sunday when a bus carrying Vaishno Devi pilgrims from Gujarat overturned along the Jammu-Pathkot highway in Kathua district, the police said.

The pilgrims were returning from the shrine in Reasi district and heading for Golden Temple in Amritsar when their vehicle hit the divider before turning turtle near Dayalacheck, a police officer said.

Some of the injured persons said that the driver lost control of the bus while trying to save a youth who was crossing the highway.

Immediately after the accident, the locals along with police immediately came to the rescue of the injured and shifted them to District Hospital Kathua, the officer said.

Later, the injured were referred to Government Medical College Hospital Jammu, where two of them identified as Rameela Behan and Meena, both residents of Surat, were declared brought dead, the official said.

The condition of some of the injured was stated to be "serious", the officer added.

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