5 December 2022

Uttarkashi: Five people were killed and one person was critically injured after a private car they were travelling in fell into an 800m – deep gorge in Brahmkhal region of Uttarkashi district on Saturday afternoon.

The incident is the third major road accident in the Himalayan state in a span of around 45 days and comes close on the heels of another major accident on Friday in which 12 people were killed after a pickup vehicle they were travelling in, skidded off the road and fell into a 700m – deep gorge in Palla Jakhol village of Chamoli district. On October 4, as many as 32 people were killed after a bus carrying a marriage party fell into a gorge in the Dhumakot area of the Pauri Garhwal district.

Another accident in hills
Another accident in hills

According to sources, in Saturday’s accident, six local residents were headed towards Barkot from Bhatwa ri in a car when tragedy struck. Soon after the accident, relief personnel reached the spot and started a search and rescue operation. The deceased were identified as Balbir Singh Chauhan ( 67 ), Prem Lal ( 65 ) , Shyamli Devi ( 52 ), Gangi De vi ( 67 ) and Amar Singh ( 72 ). The injured, Ramkali Devi ( 67 ), was rushed to the near est hospital in Chinyalisaur, from where she was later referred to a higher medical centre in Dehradun.

Devendra Patwal, district disaster management officer, said, ” All victims were residents of Uttar Kashi district. The bodies have been sent to the district hospital for postmortem examination.

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