Udhampur: Six persons were killed and 15 others injured when a mini-bus skidded off the road and fell into a 100-feet deep gorge in this hilly district of Jammu division, police said.
The accident took place near Karowa, about 30 km from here, around 1.30 pm, a police spokesperson said.
He said that the passenger vehicle was on its way to Ram Nagar from Udhampur and on reaching Karowa, its driver lost control following which the vehicle fell into the gorge.
Rescuers immediately swung into action and managed to recover bodies of four persons from the accident spot, the spokesperson said.
He said that 17 other injured passengers were evacuated to hospital where two of them succumbed to their injuries, he said, adding that the condition of five of the injured was stated to be critical.
Meanwhile, six residents of Himachal Pradesh were injured in another mishap when their vehicle hit a roadside tree in Udhampur, police said.
A car, travelling from Himachal Pradesh to Udhampur, rammed into a tree at Paldai Majalta, injuring six persons, a police spokesperson said.
He said the injured — Suresh Kumar (48), Rakesh Kumar (25) and Krishan Chand (45), Raj Kumar (29), Ranjeet Singh (30) and Prem Singh (32) – were given initial treatment at Public Health Centre Majalta, he said.
Later, all the six were referred to the Government Medical College Hospital Jammu for specialised treatment, the spokesperson said. (PTI)