Three Tourists Dead, Two Injured In Car Accident

Car fails to negotiate sharp bend on Manali-Rohtang highway, breaks crash barrier and plunges into valley.

Manali: A white Ritz car (HR-80A-7930) moving from Rohtang to Manali on Monday, just before Kothi, (14 Kms short of Manali) at about 2:30 p.m broke a crash barrier while taking sharp turn and rolled down for more than 700 feet  into a steeply inclined valley, killing two passengers on the spot and leaving three others seriously injured.  One of the injured later succumbed to injuries while being taken to the hospital. According to eyewitnesses, the driver had lost the control of the car before he hit the crash barrier.

A mashed car at the accident site (Photo: Sanjay Dutta)
A mashed car at the accident site (Photo: Sanjay Dutta)

The deceased person  have been identified as  Amarjeet (23) son of Jai Singh, Nirmal (35) son of Rampal and Neelam (30) wife of Nirmal and two injured were Surjan (13) daughter of Sat Pal and Sunil (21) son of Rampal. All the victims are from Hissar. The injured were admitted in the local hospital  where they are reported to be out of danger.

Police and others involved in rescuing the accident victims

Puneet Rahu, police superintendent Manali, disclosed that two person died on the spot in which one was pregnant women and one person succumbed to injuries while he was being taken to the hospital.

Mrs Jyoti Rana visited the hospital and saw the injured person. She announced immediate release of relief of Rs 5,000 each to the  injured and Rs 10,000 to the deceased.

KD Sharma, Manali police station incharge said that a case had been registered and investigations started for knowing the cause of the accident.

Sanjay Dutta, an engineer by qualification but is a journalist by choice. He has worked for the premier new agency Press Trust of India and leading English daily Indian Express. With more than a decade of experience, he has been highlighting issues related to environment, tourism and other aspects affecting mountain ecology. Sanjay Dutta lives in a village close to Manali in Kullu valley of Himachal.

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