Srinagar: An army truck was overturned near Samba on the Pathankot- Jammu national highway killed four soldiers and injured 10 on Wednesday night. According to the police, the Army truck was on its way to Akhnoor area of Jammu district from Amritsar when it met with the accident at Jatwal. “The victims were on way to Akhnoor when the accident took place,” the police said.
Local residents, police and army personnel from Samba rescued the soldiers. The injured were taken to the nearby Military Hospital, Maheshwar in Samba, before being referred to the Military Hospital in Jammu.
Ghagwal station house officer (SHO) Suraj Pathania said, “It appears that the driver lost control and the truck skidded off the road to fall in a 25-foot ditch. The driver is among the four killed.”
The dead were identified as lance naik Sanjay Kumar Rai of Gorakhpur in UP, lance naik Murli Manohar Babu of Andhra Pradesh, naik Abhishek Kumar of Bihar and Sanjay Ghosh of West Bengal. Traffic on the usually busy Pathankot-Jammu national highway was halted for an hour after the accident.