Death toll in highway accident climbs to 6

Mehbooba, Farooq, Omar Express Grief

Jammu, Publish Date: Dec 12 2017 12:22AM | Updated Date: Dec 12 2017 12:22AM
Death toll in highway accident climbs to 6File Photo

With one more passenger succumbing to injuries, the death toll in the accident on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway has risen to six, police said today.

A mini-bus carrying a marriage party plunged into a gorge at Gharian Dhanas near Chenani last night, leaving five persons dead on the spot and 20 others injured.

The injured were rushed to hospital where one of the three critically injured persons succumbed to injuries late last night, the police said. 

The vehicle was on way to Chenani from Kud when it rolled down into the gorge after its driver lost control.

Rescuers immediately swung into action and managed to retrieve bodies of five dead persons from the spot.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has expressed grief over the deaths. The CM conveyed her heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls.

Mehbooba Mufti directed the Udhampur district administration to provide all support to them in their medical treatment. She has also directed the Traffic authorities to ensure strict maintenance of traffic rules on the highway and elsewhere so that such unfortunate incidents don’t take place.

National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah and working president Omar Abdullah have expressed grief over the tragic deaths.

Conveying condolences to the bereaved families, the National Conference leaders prayed for peace to departed souls and wished speedy recovery of the injured in the mishap.

Provincial president NC, Devender Singh Rana, has also expressed grief and anguish over the death of six persons.

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