Vehicle accident in Chamoli
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Max fell into a 500 meter deep gorge near Palla village on Friday on the under-construction Urgam-Palla Jakhola motorway in Urgam Valley. Of the 21 people on board, 12 died while four were injured. One person had alighted just before the accident while two laborers and two locals sitting on the roof of Max jumped before falling into the ditch, saving their lives.
According to the police, on Friday afternoon a Max was going from Joshimath to Kimana village with passengers. At around 3:30 PM, Max failed to proceed on a steep climb near Palla village. Seeing it moving backwards, Jitpal Singh of Kimana village, who was riding on it, got down along with another and started pelting stones at the tyre. It is said that due to overloading the vehicle crossed the stone and started coming down fast. During this the driver lost control of the vehicle. Within seconds, Max fell 500 meters into a gorge.
The testicles of the vehicle flew away. NDRF and SDRF reached the information and started the rescue operation. By late evening the bodies of 12 people had been retrieved. Four injured were also evacuated who have been brought to Primary Health Center Urgam for treatment. Teams of NDRF, SDRF as well as the local people were engaged in the rescue operation till late night. DM Himanshu Khurana and SP Pramendra Dobal also reached on information.
Road under construction, the climb was also steep
The 11 kilometer long Urgam-Palla Jakhola road is under construction from the year 2020. These days construction work is going on on the road near Uchho Gwad village located at 9 kms. Is. Most of the road is rocky. Manwar Singh Rawat, former head of Palla Jakhola village, Harshvardhan Jhinquan told that the place where the accident took place, there is a steep climb. The bridge at Dang Gadere is also under construction.