After getting information, Police, Army and BSF rushed to the spot. 16 injured pilgrims were rushed to the Government Medical College in Jammu.
Police said 9 pilgrims died on the spot and seven others succumbed to their injuries on the way to the hospital. Two other pilgrims on the vehicle who sustained minor injuries were discharged after first-aid.
This was the second major accident involving Amarnath yatris in Jammu region this month. 15 pilgrims were killed when a SRTC bus bringing them back from the yatra had rolled down into a gorge near Ramban on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway on the night of July 14.