Srinagar: The death toll in the Kishtwar road accident has mounted to 11, while almost a dozen others have suffered injuries, officials said on Friday.
The accident happened early Friday morning after a passenger vehicle rolled down into a deep gorge at Thakrie area of Kishtwar in Jammu region.
An official from the district administration Kishtwar said that the mini-bus (Matador JK17-0663) skidded off the road and fell down about 250 ft deep into Chenab river at Tahtgan area near Kudiyapul in Thakrie area of Bhandarkot.
He said that eleven persons were killed on the spot while as fifteen others were injured, nine of them are in an unconscious state, and are being shifted to hospital.
Among the injured, the condition of the nine persons is stated to be very critical, he said.
Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Sanjeev Verma said that soon after the mishap, a rescue operation has been launched which is still under way.
“We have also pressed helicopters into service while as senior officers of the district including Deputy Commissioner and SSP are on the spot and are supervising the operation,” Verma said. (With inputs from GNS)