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4 dead, 3 critical as vehicle skids off road in South Kashmir

Four Punjab residents have tragically lost their lives, and three others are critically injured following a road accident in the Nipora area of Kulgam district. The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon when a vehicle traveling from Qazigund to Srinagar skidded off the road near a grid station.

The vehicle was carrying seven tourists, all hailing from Punjab’s Moga district. The accident led to severe injuries, prompting an urgent response from local authorities. The injured individuals were immediately transported to GMC hospital in Anantnag for medical treatment.

Despite the efforts of the medical team at GMC hospital, four of the tourists were pronounced dead upon arrival. The remaining three are currently in critical condition and are receiving intensive medical care.

The incident has cast a pall of sorrow over the residents of Moga district in Punjab, as the news of the fatalities reached their families. This tragic event underscores the inherent risks associated with road travel, especially in areas with challenging terrain.

Local police have initiated an investigation to ascertain the exact cause of the accident. Preliminary reports suggest that the vehicle might have lost control due to slippery road conditions or a potential mechanical failure.

Authorities are also looking into the maintenance records of the vehicle and the driving conditions at the time of the accident. Ensuring road safety, particularly in regions prone to accidents, is a priority for the administration.

This heartbreaking incident serves as a grim reminder of the need for stringent safety measures and protocols for travelers. It also highlights the importance of immediate and effective emergency response systems.

As the investigation continues, the thoughts and prayers of the community are with the families of the deceased and the injured. The local administration is expected to provide all necessary support to the victims’ families during this difficult time.

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