As many as four women were killed and fifteen were injured after a van carrying them sheds off the road and plunged into a gorge in the Kra Daadi district of Arunachal Pradesh, police said on February 14.
Mishap in Arunachal:
Police Superintendent Dusu Kaling said that the mishap took place on the night of February 13, as the passengers were on their way to Palin from Tali after attending a scholarship program.
How did it happen:
Sources say that the vehicle went off the road near the Kumey bridge point in Kuwa and fell into a 20-meter-deep gorge over the Kumey river.
According to reports, four female passengers succumbed to their injuries on the accident spot, while another nine suffered serious injuries and six suffered minor injuries, Kaling said.
The victims were sent to Itanagar, while the rest are being treated in Palin. Out of all only four occupants, including the driver, were men, while the rest were women.
Reports say that the dead have been identified as Bohu Poyum, Nich Nenia, Toku Yachi and Goda Yayak.
Tali (CO) Circle Officer Jina Bagang said the accident occurred when the driver lost control of the vehicle while going up a hill and the van reversed downwards before falling into the gorge.
CM Khandu expresses grief:
Chief Minister Pema Khandu expressed shock and sadness over the mishap.
The CM took this to its official Twitter handle where he wrote, “Deeply saddened to learn of the unfortunate and tragic vehicle accident near the Kuwa bridge point between Tali and Palin in Kra-Daadi district. My deepest condolences. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured. Free of charge under the Fund of Chief Minister Aid (CMRF) sanctioned.”