RAMBAN / SRINAGAR Eight persons were killed in two separate road accident in Ramban and Pulwama districts on Saturday.
Seven persons were killed while another person suffered critical injuries after a vehicle they were travelling in plunged into a deep gorge in Ramban district.
Reports said that a passenger cab on its way from Ukhral towards Alinbass skidded off the road and plunged into a deep gorge, resulting into the death of five passengers and serious injuries to three others.
A police official while confirming the accident said that five persons including driver of the vehicle were killed while three persons suffered critical injuries. He said a joint rescue operation by police and civilians were launched to remove the injured to hospital.
The people who were killed on the spot have been identified as Mohammad Iqbal Jaral, Javid Ahmad Jaral (Driver), Tarda Devi, Sanvi Devi and Neelofar Bano.
The injured were shifted to a hospital for treatment, said the official. However, one among the injured, identified as Sandeep Singh, succumbed while he was being airlifted to a hospital in Jammu for specialised treatment. Identity of remaining victim could not be established immediately.
Meanwhile, a youth was killed and two others were injured in a road accident at Kachechkoot area of Awantipora in Pulwama South Kashmir district.
Sources said that the accident occurred on Saturday evening when a Taveera vehicle (JK04C-0170) collided with a motorcycle, leaving three youth including the motorcyclist and two pillion riders injured.
The injured were rushed to SKIMS Soura in a critical condition, they said. One of them, Aaqib Fayaz, later succumbed to wounds while two othersTasaduq Ahmad Dar and Abid Rashid from Srinagarcontinue to battle for life at the Valleys only tertiary care hospital, they added.