16 killed as jeep falls into gorge in Uttarkashi

Sixteen persons were killed on Tuesday when the jeep they were travelling in skidded off the road and fell into a gorge near Sankri in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district.

The vehicle slipped off the Mori-Jakholi road, which had become slippery after snowfall and fell into a deep gorge killing six persons on the spot, Purola sub divisional magistrate Rajkumar Pandey said.

Among the injured admitted at a nearby hospital, six of them succumbed to their injuries, Pandey said.

Four burnt alive

Four people, including a woman and a child, were burnt alive on Tuesday when an ambulance caught fire after hitting an electric pole in Uttar Pradesh’s Sonebhadra district, police said.

The accident took place at Ghorawal in Sonebhadra, 400 km from here, when the ambulance was coming to Chandauli town from the village after supplying contaceptive medicines at the community health centre and bringing back a patient and two others.

The collision sparked off a short circuit, which led to flames engulfing the vehicle even as the occupants were trapped inside.

The dead included a five-year-old child, a woman, the ambulance driver and an unidentified person.

Senior officials, including the district magistrate and the chief medical officer, rushed to the spot to oversee the rescue operation but no one could be saved, an official said.
The bodies have been sent for autopsy. The dead have been identified as Champa Devi, Roopa, Ram Mani and driver Keshav.

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