11 die as vehicle falls into Himachal gorge

Manali, June 18 (IANS) Eleven people, including nine women and a child, were killed Tuesday when their vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a 500-foot-deep gorge near this Himachal Pradesh picturesque resort, police said.

The victims were travelling in a commercial multi-utility vehicle from Patlikuhl when the accident occurred at Nathan village near Naggar, some 15 km from here, investigating officer Neel Chand Sharma told IANS.

Eleven bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of the vehicle, while six injured people have been hospitalised, he said.

Most of the victims, who were locals, died on the spot. The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained, he added.

Eyewitnesses said bad condition of the road due to recent heavy rains may have caused the accident.

Governor Urmila Singh and Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh have expressed grief over the accident.

This was the second major accident in the state in less than a fortnight.

Nineteen people, including eight women, were killed and 13 injured when a private bus carrying them skidded off a road and fell into a 500-foot gorge in Sirmaur district June 7.

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