Srinagar: Seven people were killed and three others injured Thursday when the taxicab they were travelling in skidded off Jammu-Srinagar highway and fell into a deep gorge in Ramban district of Jammu, police officials said.
A Tata Sumo (no. JKO2W/6214) which was on its way to Srinagar from Jammu skidded off the highway and rolled down into a deep gorge at Shatani Nallah belt, they said.
Five persons died on the spot while two succumbed to their injuries on the way to the hospital, the police said.
The three persons injured in the mishap were admitted to a hospital in Srinagar, they added.
Six of the dead belonged to Champaran district of Bihar and were their way to the Valley to work as labourers, while the seventh dead was identified as driver of the cab Muhammad Yousuf Mir of Pampore.
The six deceased Bihari labourers are: Hassan Imam, Haroon Shah, Farman Shah, Ghulam Rasool Ansari, Imam-ud-Din and Muhammad Mistar.
The 300 km Srinagar-Jammu highway was reopened for one-way traffic on Thursday, four days after it was closed due to the landslides triggered by snowfall and incessant rains.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has expressed shock and grief over the loss of lives in the accident. Mufti conveyed his sympathies to the bereaved families and prayed for peace to the departed souls. He also wished speedy recovery of those injured in the accident, an official spokesman said.
“Expressing serious concern over frequent traffic accidents, the Chief Minister issued directions to the Traffic Police Department to closely monitor the movement of vehicles and check over-speeding and overloading so that lives of people are safeguarded,” the spokesman added.
Governor N.N. Vohra has also expressed grief over the loss of lives in the road accident and conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved families and prayed for peace to the departed souls.
“As a new Transport Minister has recently taken over, the Governor has expressed hope that the required measures shall be effectively enforced to reduce the incidence of fatal road accidents,” a Raj Bhawan handout said.