Dehradun: As many as 13 people have reportedly lost their lives while four others got injured after a utility vehicle they were travelling in fell into a gorge in Uttarakhand’s Chakrata on Sunday, officials said.
Rescue work commenced immediately after news of the accident spread, and emergency responders reached the spot where they carried out the relief efforts with the help of local residents.
As per the station house officer of Chakrata, Satendra Bhati, so far 13 bodies have been recovered from the spot. “Their bodies were taken out from the accident site with the help of local villagers who were the first to reach there,” he said. “As it is a very remote area, rescue personnel are facing difficulties in reaching the spot, which is about 300 ft deep adjacent to the road.”
The accident spot, according to officials, is in a remote area of Tiuni in the Chakrata tehsil, about 170km from the state capital of Dehradun.
ANI news agency reported that the accident occurred on the Bulhad-Baila road of the tehsil and the state disaster management (SDM) unit of Chakrata rushed to the spot along with police officials. A company of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) was also deployed to carry out the rescue efforts, the agency reported.
According to a report by HT’s sister publication Live Hindustan, the leader of opposition in Uttarakhand, Pritam Singh, is also on his way to the site after receiving news of the accident.