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Student, Driver Injured As School Bus Falls Into Gorge in Chrar-e-Sharief

A school bus accident in Chrar-e-Sharief, located in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, has left a student and a driver injured. The incident occurred on Wednesday evening, causing concern among locals and school authorities.

The bus, bearing the registration number JK09B 0166, belongs to Harvard Presentation School in Bumhama Kupwara. The driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle while attempting to make a turn from a parking lot adjacent to a local shrine. This unfortunate event led to the bus falling into a nearby gorge.

Officials have confirmed that two individuals, including a student and the bus driver, sustained injuries due to the accident. Immediate medical attention was provided, and both injured persons are being treated at the local Sub-District Hospital (SDH) in Chrar-e-Sharief.

A medical official from SDH Chrar-e-Sharief stated that the injured individuals were admitted to the hospital promptly. The bus driver, identified as Irshad Ahmad from Kupwara, is among those receiving treatment. The official assured that their conditions are stable and there is no significant cause for concern.

The accident has highlighted the need for improved safety measures and better training for school bus drivers, especially in areas with challenging terrain. Local authorities are expected to conduct a thorough investigation to determine the exact cause of the incident and prevent similar occurrences in the future.

Parents and guardians of students attending Harvard Presentation School have expressed their worries and are calling for stringent safety protocols. The school administration is likely to review its transportation policies to ensure the safety of its students during transit.

Community members in Chrar-e-Sharief have rallied around the affected families, offering support and assistance. Such incidents underline the importance of community solidarity in times of crisis.

As the investigation progresses, more details will emerge regarding the circumstances that led to the accident. For now, the focus remains on the recovery of the injured and implementing measures to enhance the safety of school transportation in the region.

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