Rescue teams evacuated the injured to hospitals, where all were in critical condition. Rana said 10 of the injured were airlifted in two helicopters to Jammu city for specialized treatment. He said more helicopters were being pressed into service.
Top police officer M.K Sinha said the bus hit the rocks and was torn into several pieces. He said the 27-seat bus was overcrowded. On Thursday, a minibus carrying students to a picnic crashed into a gorge along another Himalayan road in Kashmir, killing at least 11 and injuring seven others.
India has the world's deadliest roads, with about 150,000 killed and 470,000 injured annually. Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and aging vehicles.