In the road accident in Rajouri, five persons are reported dead and 25 others are injured, most of whom have been shifted to hospitals. Some are stated to be critical.
The passenger bus fell into a gorge near the Manjakote belt when it was on its way to Poonch from Jammu, they added.
Hundreds of people joined the rescue and the police and other security agencies also joined the efforts.
Lt Governor Manoj Sinha has announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and aid of Rs 1 lakh each to the injured individuals.