Three killed 13 injured as matador plunges into gorge in Jammu

THREE women were among nine people killed and 13 others injured when a matador, they were travelling from Doda to Bhaderwah, skidded off the road and fell into a 100 feet deep gorge near Bhalla this afternoon.

Reports reaching here said that the ill fated matador bearing No. JK-06-1389 was in high speed and the driver lost control over the steering near Bhalla. While five passengers died on the spot, four others succumbed to their injuries on way to hospital.

Soon after receiving information about the accident, Superintendent of Police, Doda, along with police team rushed to the spot to launch rescue operations. The local people also joined them in bringing bodies and the injured on the road.

Meanwhile, Minister for Public Works Department (R&B) Abdul Majid Wani expressed grief over the loss of human lives in accident. He asked the Deputy Commissioner, Doda, to immediately shift seriously injured people to Government Medical College Hospital at Jammu and also announce ex-gratia relief to the next of kin of the deceased.

He also exhorted upon the traffic police and the transport department officials to check overloading and over speeding by operators of commuter services, saying that these were the main cause of fatal accidents in the hilly district.

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