Ten pilgrims from Kishtwar area in Jammu and Kashmir died when a Tata Sumo fell into a gorge near Rohli Nala in Udaipur Sub-Division of Lahual-Spiti district. The accident occurred on Friday night, when these pilgrims were returning from Lord Shiva temple in Trilokinath. Deceased included four women and two children and lone survivor a child, who was injured, has been admitted to a hospital in Keylong
It’s learned that people came to know about the accident only on Saturday morning. Most victims died on the spot. The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained, however local people believed that bad condition of the road was probably the reason for the accident. Rescue workers faced a tough time in extricating the injured and the bodies from the wreckage of the vehicle. With poor frequency of buses and scarce transport options in Lahaul-Spiti, private vehicles are often dangerously overcrowded.
Governor Urmila Singh and Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh have expressed grief over the death of 10 people.