Eight people were killed on Tuesday afternoon after the car they were travelling in skidded off the Kishtwar-Doda road and plunged into the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir, around 35km from the Doda district headquarters.
One person was critically injured.
Nine people were travelling in a hired Tata Sumo from Drabshalla village in Kishtwar district to Thathri in Doda, said Kishtwar senior superintendent of police Sunil Kotwal.
Around 12.30pm, the driver lost control of the vehicle, apparently due to the slippery state of the road. The car rolled down a 350-ft deep gorge before falling into the Chenab, police said.
Five people died on the spot.
Police officials, district administration officials and army jawans reached the spot and rescued the surviving passengers.
The injured were taken to the community health centre at Thathri, where three people were declared brought dead.
Critically injured Sushil Kumar of Chalasu village in Kishtwar was shifted to Doda, and later airlifted to the government medical college at Jammu.
Chief minister Omar Abdullah announced a compensation of Rs 1,00,000 for the families of each of the deceased and assured assistance to the injured.