Nainital: Eight persons, including five women school teachers, were killed on Thursday and five injured when a jeep carrying them fell into a gorge in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district.
The incident occurred between Chamoli and Lasi when the teachers were returning to Gopeshwar after duty, Chamoli’s SP Priti Priyadarshini said.
They taught at different primary schools and were on their way back home after duty as the schools closed for the summer vacation, she said. The jeep rolled 30 metres down the road killing four persons on the spot and leaving nine others injured. Of the injured, four succumbed during treatment at a hospital, she said. Most of the occupants of the jeep were school teachers, she said, adding the driver of the vehicle also died, the SP said.
The deceased have been identified as Chandrakala Kunwar, Bindu Sindwal, Anita Paleta, Meena Kanyal, Vimla Kunwar, Anusuya Singh Aswal, Rakesh Lal and Pushkar Lal.
This is the third road accident in Uttarakhand in less than 24 hours. Twelve people, including a foreign tourist, were killed in two separate road accidents in Almora and Uttarkashi districts yesterday.