Sixteen people were killed and one was seriously injured on Tuesday when a passenger vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district, police said.
The accident took place near the Marmat area of the hilly district, Senior Superintendent of Police, Doda, Mumtaz Ahmad said.
Two children were among those killed in the accident, the officer said.
The injured were rescued and admitted to hospital, he said.
Officials said the vehicle was headed for Gowa village of Marmat from Kleeni when the driver lost control while negotiating a blind curve and the vehicle fell into the gorge around 3.25 pm.
A rescue operation is underway, they said.
Saddened to learn about heavy casualty with 16 dead in a tragic road accident on #Doda – Marmat Road near #Khaleni in #Jammu & #Kashmir. Have spoken to Div Com Sh Sanjiv Verma and offered all possible help/ relief, including from personal sources. pic.twitter.com/TXdMerAS1u
— Dr Jitendra Singh (@DrJitendraSingh) November 12, 2019