Srinagar: Eight Nepali labourers were among seventeen persons killed in separate mishaps across Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said Wednesday.
They said nine persons were killed when a Sumo vehicle they were traveling skidded off the road and rolled down into nearly 400ft gorge on Srinagar-Leh highway near Gatribal Kangan in central Kashmirâ€™s Ganderbal district last evening.
Nine persons including driver of the vehicle (JK10-1700) and eight Nepali labourers were killed on the spot while one passenger, Ranju Bati had a miraculous escape and has been admitted to hospital for treatment.
Except for driver of the vehicle, identity of the slain is being ascertained, the official added.
The process to handover the body of the driver, Ahmad Ali son of Abdul Aziz, to his family living in Channi Gund, Kargil, has been initiated, the officials added.
One more person was killed in another mishap on the highway when tipper they were traveling in met with accident near Ranga mode in Sonamarg area.
They said that the ill fated Tipper (JK03A 2634) was on its way to Srinagar when its driver lost control of the vehicle and rolled into a nearby nalla. The slain include driver Ghulam Hassan Mir son of Ghulam Mohammad Mir of Chadoora and conductor, Ghulam Hassan Ganai son of Mohammad Bakir of Chattergam Chadoora in central Budgam district
In another mishap, a vehicleâ€”Quails (JK01G-7437) hit and seriously injured a pedestrian Tanveer Ahmad Dar (17) son of Mohammad Sultan near Chandiloora Tangmarg in northern Kashmirâ€™s Baramulla district last evening.
They said Dar was shifted to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Five persons including a woman were killed in separate mishaps in Jammu region, officials told Press Bureau of India.
They said four persons were killed when a vehicle (JK02H-9776) they were traveling turned turtle near Rahimbal in Udhampur town this afternoon.
The slain have been identified as Ashok Kumar Yadav, Sajjad Ahmad Zargar, Nazir Ahmad Dar and Sumita Devi, all residents of Doda.
In another mishap, a speeding vehicle (JK02K-2165) hit and injured a pedestrian near Batra medical college in Jammu. The injured, Haji Noor Hassan son of Ghulam Hassan of Rajouri, was shifted to hospital where he was declared brought dead. Police has registered a case FIR 180/2010 under section 279 and 304A and has launched hunt for the erring driver who fled the scene after the accident.