Six people were killed after utility vehicle from Barkot to Molda village fell into a gorge on the Ponti-Molda road in

representational gorge

DEHRADUN/KASHIPUR,June30: Six people were killed after the utility vehicle they were travelling in from Barkot to Molda village fell into a 200-metre-deep gorge on the Ponti-Molda road, about 100km from Uttarkashi city, on Wednesday night.

Uttarkashi superintendent of police (SP) Dadanpal said, “Prima facie it appears the driver lost control over the vehicle and it skidded off the road and fell into the gorge. Further investigation will, however, reveal whether the driver was over-speeding or some technical glitch caused accident.”

The deceased have been identified as Jagat Singh, Lokendra Singh, Sardar Singh and Shurveer Singh — all residents of Barkot in Uttarkashi, while Surendra Bhatt and Dinesh Chandra were from Faridabad in Haryana.

According to police officials, four bodies were handed over to the victims’ families after post-mortem on Thursday morning, while the bodies of two Haryana residents had been kept at the hospital mortuary in Barkot.

In another accident, six people were killed and five others severely injured after a speeding truck crashed head-on into the Bolero they were travelling in at Sherkot in Uttar Pradesh, 47 km from here, on early Thursday morning, police said.

 Four passengers and the drivers of both Bolero and the truck died on the spot, while the injured were admitted to a nearby hospital.
Police said most of the victims were teachers, who had come to Kashipur to attend a marriage ceremony on Wednesday night, and were on their way back to Sherkot on Thursday morning when the accident occurred.

The bodies were sent to Dhampur government hospital for post-mortem, said police.

 The deceased have been identified as Gajram (60), Gopal (50), Mohan Shyam (40), Atar Singh (60) and Naqveeram (70), all from Laksar; while the truck driver is yet to be identified.