In a tragic incident, at least 35 persons including 15 women were killed and 16 others injured when an overloaded matador they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge at Thakrie area of Keshwan in Kishtwar district Monday morning.
According to sources, the 25-seater mini bus bearing registration number JK17-6787, had 51 passengers on board.
When the vehicle, which was on its way from Keshwan to Kishtwar, reached Thakrie area of Keshwan, the driver lost control on the steering while negotiating a sharp curve. The vehicle resultantly skidded off the road and rolled about 250 feet down into a nullah at Sirgwari (Thakrie) near KuryalPul, about 23 KM from Kishtwar town.
After receiving information about the accident, Police, SDRF, volunteers of Ababeel and members of Red Cross Society along with locals rushed to the spot and started rescue operation. Later the Army personnel also joined.