A day after the Srinagar-Jammu national highway was cleared for traffic, seven people including six workers from Bihar were killed and one injured when the vehicle they were travelling in fell into a deep gorge near Shaitani Nala in Banihal on Thursday morning.
Officials said that a Sumo car that was carrying eight people and coming to Srinagar from Jammu met with an accident. Though the reason for the accident is unknown, the officials said that the car might have attempted to overtake another vehicle which could have led to the accident.
A police official said that six of the passengers died on the spot while a passenger succumbed to injuries. The injured passenger was rushed to a nearby hospital where he is undergoing treatment.
According to the police, the slain workers have been identified as Haroon Shah, Mohammed Mister, Hasan Emam, Raisul Ansari, Emmamuddin Ansari, Faraman Shah, and driver Mohammed Yousuf Mir, a resident of Pampore in South Kashmir. All the slain non-local workers belong to Chamaran in Bihar.
The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was reopened for one-way traffic on Thursday, four days after it was closed due to the landslides that were triggered by snowfall and incessant rains. A traffic official said that around two thousand vehicles passed the Udhampur till Thursday afternoon.