At least eight people lost their lives in two separate accidents in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Monday.
The first accident took place when a Sumo, carrying passengers from Kupwara, was hit by a mini-truck coming from the opposite direction near Haigam, Pattan, on Srinagar- Baramulla, 30 km away from Srinagar, in the morning.
"A Sumo bearing No. JKO9A/2565 while on way from Kupwara to Srinagar collided with a Tata Mobile 407 bearing number JKO1W/1652 near Ringi, Tarzoo resulting in the death of seven persons," said Srinagar-based police spokesman.
“The accident occurred around 9 am today. All passengers who lost their lives in the accident were locals,” said superintendent of police Abdul Qayoom.
Eyewitnesses said four people died on the spot. Three other commuters succumbed to the injuries later in the hospital in Srinagar.
Two critically injured commuters were admitted to Srinagar hospitals.
In the second accident in Baramulla district, one person, identified as Manjit Singh, a resident of Kanlibagh, Baramulla, died when a mini bus hit him near Sheerwani Hall in the afternoon.
National Conference working president Omar Abdullah, while expressing grief and sorrow over the tragic accident, said, “I express my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and pray for the recovery of those who have been injured.”