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Five dead, one injured after car falls 500 metres down mountainside

Sunday, 20 November 2022 | PNS | NEW TEHRI

Ill-fated vehicle was being driven from Uttarkashi to Badkot at the time of mishap

Five persons died and one was seriously injured when a car fell 500 metres down the mountainside near Bhramakhal on the national highway to Yamunotri in Uttarkashi district on Saturday. The seriously injured person has been referred to a higher centre in Rishikesh. This is the second major road accident in Uttarakhand a day after 12 persons died when the jeep they were travelling in fell into a gorge in the Joshimath block of Chamoli district.

According to sources, a WagonR car was being driven from Uttarkashi to Badkot on Saturday when the driver lost control of the vehicle near Bhramakhal. The car then fell off the road and about 500 metres down the mountainside resulting in the death of five persons on the spot and grievous injuries to one person. The dead include three men and two women. A seriously injured woman was first taken to the Uttarkashi district hospital from where she was referred to a higher centre. All the persons involved in the mishap are reported to be local residents. Though the exact cause of the mishap is yet to be ascertained, it is being stated that speeding could be a factor responsible for the accident.

The governor lieutenant general (retd) Gurmit Singh and chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami have expressed grief at the loss of lives in the mishap. The chief minister has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the mishap while announcing an ex-gratia of Rs two lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased and free medical treatment for the injured person.

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