A vehicle rolled down a gorge in Uttarakhand, killing 12 people, CM Dhami ordered an investigation As of the latest reports, the 10-seater Tata Sumo was carrying 17 passengers, according to the State Disaster Response Force.

In the Chamoli district, an SUV carrying 12 people lost control and fell into a deep gorge near Palla village on Friday, killing at least 12 people and injuring five others.

In response to the incident, the Chief Minister, Pushkar Singh Dhami, has ordered a magisterial inquiry. A compensation of Rs 2 lakh has also been announced for the kin of each of the deceased.

According to the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), the 10-seater Tata Sumo had 17 passengers aboard it when it crashed, according to the latest reports.

When the SUV failed to cross an elevated section of the road around 3.30 pm, it was on its way to Kimara from Joshimath in the district. Two passengers got out of the vehicle and attempted to stop it using stones as it began moving backward. However, they failed to stop it as the overloaded vehicle began rolling down the 500-meter-deep canyon.

According to the SDRF, “we have recovered 12 bodies (10 males and 2 females) … the process of pulling the bodies out of the gorge is underway.”

Officials said that the deceased were aged between 27 and 70 years and were district residents.

“The news of the deaths of several people in a road accident in Chamoli is painful… The kin of each deceased will receive Rs 2 lakh in financial assistance, and the injured will receive free medical treatment.” The accident was ordered to be investigated by a magisterial inquiry.”

On the scene of the accident, District Magistrate (DM) Himanshu Khurrana, Superintendent of Police (SP) Pramendra Doval, State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams and local administration were present.

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