5 Killed, 4 Injured in Doda Car mishap

5 people were killed and four were injured yesterday evening in a car crash that took place in Jammu And Kashmir’s Doda district.

Doda Deputy Commissioner Harvinder Singh said, “A car which was travelling on Thathri Phagsoo road slid down a gorge around 8-8:30 PM today. 10 people were travelling in the car. 6 people have died. Injured are being treated at Government Hospital Doda.”

The accident occurred at Khanpura, Phagsoo area of Thathri sub-division in Doda district on Saturday evening at around 07.15 PM when the vehicle was on its way from Thathri to Khanpura Phagsoo.

“5 persons, including a woman and a four-year-old girl, were killed in the accident, while five were hospitalised and are said to be critical,” said Station House Officer of Thathri Police Station Suresh Gautam who led the rescue operation.

Expressing grief over the accident, LG Sinha said, “I am deeply grieved and shocked at the tragic loss of lives and injuries resulting from the unfortunate road accident at Phagsoo, Doda today.” He conveyed his condolences to the members of the bereaved families and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured. I have issued instructions to the district administration to provide all necessary assistance, as provided in the rule, to the affected persons.”

On 15 November 2023, 39 people died and 17 more were injured when the driver of a passenger bus lost control and the vehicle plunged into a 300–400 ft (91–122 m) deep gorge in the hilly area of Doda district in Jammu and Kashmir.

The bus, which had registration number JK02CN-6555, was carrying 54 passengers, a driver and a conductor, when it plunged from the Batote-Kishtwar national highway near Trungal-Assar and fell 300–400 feet (91–122 metres) down a gorge. The bus landed on a disused road, 2.5 miles (4 km) from Rajgarh. The bus was over its 38 passenger capacity, which may have contributed to the driver being unable to negotiate the tight turn