Jammu- Four people died and eight sustained critical injuries when their vehicle skidded off a road and rolled down a deep gorge in Rajouri district in the early hours of Wednesday, officials said.
The accident took place in the Thanamandi subdivision when the car was on its way to Bhangai village from Poonch, where the victims had gone to attend a funeral, they said.
The officials said the driver of the vehicle lost control over it on the Thanamandi Bhangai road, hardly a few hundred metres from its destination.
“Twelve passengers in total were travelling in the vehicle at the time of the accident. All were rescued by locals and police and taken to the sub-district hospital in Thanamandi where four of them were declared brought dead,” a police official said.
The deceased were identified as Shamim Akhtar (55), Rubina Kouser (35), Zarina Begum and Mohammad Younis (38), all residents of Bhangai.
Sub-Divisional Police Officer Thanamandi Imtiaz Ahmed said the injured have been referred to the GMC Associated Hospital in Rajouri.
He said a case under relevant sections of the law has been registered.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, Vikas Kundal visited the District Hospital Kheora to enquire about the condition of injured passengers.
During his visit to the hospital, Kundal interacted with the injured passengers and enquired about their well-being. He also directed the hospital authorities to provide all necessary medical assistance to the injured passengers.
The Deputy Commissioner expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased passengers and assured them of all possible support from the district administration. He also urged the concerned authorities to investigate the cause of the accident and take necessary measures to prevent such mishaps in the future.
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