Jammu, August 30: As many as eight persons were killed and three sustained serious injuries when an SUV skidded off the road and plunged into a deep gorge in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.
The ill-fated SUV was carrying the passengers from Chingam to Chatroo. The accident took place near Bonda village of Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir around 3.15 pm.
As soon as the accident was reported, rescue teams comprising police Rashtriya Rifles and local villagers started the rescue operation. At least five occupants died on the spot while three others succumbed to their injuries on way to a hospital. Three others are in a critical state.
SSP, Kishtwar, Shafqat Bhat also visited the accident scene to supervise the rescue operation.
Union Minister Jitendra Singh described the accident as "unfortunate" and assured of all possible help. Former minister GM Saroori also expressed grief over the loss of lives in the accident.
-PTC News with agency inputs