At least 13 people were killed and two injured on Monday when a tempo fell into a deep gorge in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district. The accident took place on the Rishikesh-Gangotri highway, at Shanglai, near Bhatwadi division in the district, PTI reported.
“The vehicle fell into the gorge as the driver lost control over it following a landslide which brought a heap of debris on the road,” Uttarkashi Disaster Management Officer Devendra Patwal was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times. The local police, as well as emergency services personnel, rushed to the spot to conduct rescue operations.
The officer added that bodies of all the dead bodies have been recovered. Two 13-year-old girls, residents of Bhakoli village in Bhatwadi, were rescued. The teenagers were taken to a hospital in Uttarkashi, and later referred to a medical facility in Dehradun, Patwal said.