Thirteen people died when a vehicle they were travelling in rolled down the Chenab river near Kwar Dool area in Kishtwar district on Tuesday morning, Greater Kashmir reported. Twelve people died on the spot, while a five-year-old child succumbed to her injuries at a hospital.
The driver and the conductor of the vehicle were among those killed, according to PTI.
The victims were pilgrims headed for the Machail Mata yatra. International Committee of the Red Cross District Secretary Bitta Sheikh said the accident took place when a passenger cab carrying pilgrims skidded off the road and plunged into a deep gorge around 7.30 am.
In a similar incident on Monday, seven people including a policeman were killed and 12 others injured when a major landslide hit the two vehicles they were travelling in, on the Doda-Kishtwar highway in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir, PTI reported. Senior Superintendent of Police Rajinder Kumar Gupta said a mini bus and a car were hit with massive boulders and debris around 10.45 am, sending them crashing into the valley.
Of the 12 injured, the condition of one of them, Kalyan Singh, is said to be critical. Four of the victims have been identified as Constable Kewal Kumar, Udhampur residents Askanta Devi and Amar Singh and Doda resident Mohammad Hussain. Some of the passengers were heading to the Machail Mata yatra.