At least six persons were killed in a road accident when a vehicle they were travelling in fell into a deep gorge in Doda district on Monday evening.
An official said that an Eco vehicle on way from Doda to Batote fell into deep gorge at Rangi Nallah in Batote Doda.
So far six bodies were recovered from the wreckage, the official said.
J&K LG Manoj Sinha offered condolences to the families of the deceased.
“Deeply saddened by the loss of lives in an unfortunate road accident in Doda district. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, may God give them strength to bear this loss,” the LG said.
Monday’s accident is another addition to the fatal circle of such deaths and injuries which continue unabated in Jammu and Kashmir.
Alone on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, over 8,128 road accidents and 1,750 resultant fatalities have occurred in the last decade, recent data shows.
The accidents in the Kashmir valley overall are seeing an upward trend, as figures reveal that a total of 10,850 people were killed in 65,398 road accidents across Jammu and Kashmir in last ten years.
As per data compiled by the traffic department, since 2010, 65,398 road accidents happened in which 10,850 people have lost their lives and 89,597 people received injures.
In 2010, a total of 1073 persons were killed while as 8655 people were injured. In 2011, 1121 persons were killed and 9944 injured. In 2012, the death toll rose to 1165, while as 9755 persons were injured, 990 persons died. Around 8681 persons were injured in 2013. In 2014, 992 persons were injured and 8043 were injured. In the year 2015, 917 people were injured and 8142 persons were injured. In 2016, 958 were killed and 7677 were injured. In 2017, 926 were killed and the injured persons were 7419. In 2018, 984 people were injured and 7845 injured. In 2019, a total of 996 persons were killed, 7532 were injured. In 2020, 728 people were killed, while as 5894 were injured.