11 dead as car falls into gorge in Ramban in Jammu and Kashmir

Eleven people, including two women and a child, died after a taxi skidded off a road and fell into a deep gorge in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, police said.

A cab carrying passengers from Chaderkote to Rajgarh rolled down into the over 500-feet-deep gorge near Kunda nallah at 10.30 am, an official said.

He said the locals along with the police launched a rescue operation and pulled out five bodies, which included that of two women and a child.

Eight injured people were rescued and shifted to district hospital Ramban. However, five more injured succumbed on their way to the hospital, said another official.

Chief Medical Officer Ramban, Dr S D Khan confirmed ten deaths in the accident. “All ten were brought dead to DH Ramban,” he said.

The official said a minor succumbed at the helipad as the injured were being airlifted to Jammu for specialised treatment, taking the death toll to 11.

Rajgarh is a far flung tehsil in Ramban district and is linked with the Jammu-Srinagar highway through a link road. (With PTI inputs)