Jammu: At least 16 people, including three children and four women, were killed near Doda town of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. The accident occurred when a passenger vehicle skidded off the road and fell down Batote -Kishtwar national highway, SSP Doda Mumtaz Ahmad said.
Doda district police chief SSP Mumtaz Ahmad said the vehicle with a carrying capacity of 10 rolled 500 feet down on main Batote-Doda highway from a link road around 2.45 pm. Only one person survived in this tragedy.
The officer informed that the vehicle with 16 passengers and a driver was on its way to Marmat from Doda when the accident occurred at Khellani.
“Though it remains a subject of investigation but prima facie it appeared that the driver failed to negotiate a blind curve that resulted in the accident. The possibility of him using the mobile phone while driving also can’t be ruled out. He also died in the accident. There was only one survivor, who has been referred to the government medical college and hospital in Jammu for specialized treatment,” said the SSP.
Doda region consists of Doda, Ramban and Kishtwar districts.
A local Mohammad Rashid from Doda town said, “There are inadequate vehicles, out of which majority are old. Roads are very bad and no one pays any attention to overloading. People are also in a hurry. Half of the drivers are untrained and many among them are addicted to drugs. We are at the mercy of God.”
On July 1, a minibus carrying 52 passengers against seating capacity of 28 plunged into a gorge at Keshwan in adjoining Kishtwar district killing 35 passengers and leaving 17 others injured.