Uttarakhand: Fourteen people died after their vehicle fell into a gorge near Sukhidhang Reetha Sahib road in Uttarakhand’s Champawat district on Tuesday morning.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to offer his condolences. He stated that the local administration was engaged in relief and rescue work. PM Modi wrote in Hindi, “The accident in Champawat, Uttarakhand is heart-wrenching. I express my condolences to the families of those who have died in this accident. Local administration is engaged in relief and rescue work.”
“Fourteen people have died in the road accident here. We have recovered 11 bodies so far at the accident site. As per our information, there were 14-15 people in the vehicle. The rescue team is looking for other people,” said Devendra Pincha, Superintendent of Police in Champawat district.
He said that the victims were returning from a wedding in Tanakpur on Monday night when their vehicle fell into the gorge on the Sukhidhang-Danda-Minar road around 140-km from Rudrapur.
The driver of the vehicle, identified as Prakash Ram of Pati village, and Trilok Ram of Kaknai village were injured in the accident. They managed to climb up the road and informed villagers about the accident. The villagers then alerted the police and rescue teams were rushed to the spot for search and rescue operations.