In a major accident, at around 1355h a bus carrying 45 Amarnath Yatris (46 including Driver) while moving from Jammu to Pahalgam skidded and
toppled into Bichlari Nala at Mile stone 177 near Nachlana in Ramban District.
On receipt of the information, the nearby Army unit
under CO 23 Rashtriya Rifles immediately rushed with 17 columns to extricate the passengers from the ill-fated bus which had fallen into a deep gorge.
While 16 yatris lost their lives in this unfortunate accident, the timely action by the Army personnel helped in rescue and evacuation of many seriously injured passengers. The injured were initially evacuated to SDH Banihal and Ramsoo. Subsequently
19 yatris were evacuated by IAF helicopter to Jammu while 11 were moved by road to Srinagar.