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Accident on National Highway 10 Died On Spot

Tragedy struck on the Jammu-Srinagar highway near Ramban as a Tavera taxi carrying passengers plunged into a gorge, resulting in the deaths of at least ten individuals, most of whom are believed to be non-locals. The incident occurred around midnight near Battery Chashma, with the vehicle reportedly rolling down approximately 300 meters into the gorge.

The identities of the deceased are still being confirmed, but among the recovered identity proofs are those belonging to a 47-year-old driver from Jammu and a non-local, possibly a migrant laborer from Bihar. Upon receiving the information around 1:15 a.m., authorities swiftly mobilized rescue efforts despite adverse weather conditions, including heavy rains.

A senior police officer revealed that ten bodies have been recovered from the deep gorge thus far, with the majority appearing to be migrant laborers. The difficult terrain and continuous rainfall have posed challenges to the rescue operation, with efforts ongoing to shift the bodies from the site.

Among the identity proofs found at the scene are those of Balwan Singh, identified as the driver of the ill-fated vehicle, and Vipin Mukhiya, whose origins trace back to Inarbrwa, Bhairagang West Champarn in Bihar. SSP Ramban Anuj Kumar confirmed the recovery of the bodies amidst the downpour in the area, underscoring the challenging circumstances faced by rescue teams.

The tragic incident underscores the dangers posed by accidents on mountainous highways, especially during adverse weather conditions. Authorities are continuing their efforts to identify all the victims and provide assistance to their families during this difficult time.

Efforts are also underway to investigate the circumstances leading to the accident and prevent such tragedies in the future, with a focus on ensuring the safety of travelers on this critical highway route.

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