A truck driver and two others were feared drowned after the vehicle they were traveling in skidded off the road and plunged into the Chenab river in Doda district of Jammu region Wednesday morning , police said.
The tipper was reportedly on its way from Thathri to Doda for annual passing, reportedly when the tipper reached near Border Roads Organisation (BRO) camp Karara, it skidded off the road and plunged into Chinab.
According to eyewitnesses, A tipper bearing registration number JK 06-6459 went out of the driver`s control, perhaps due to slippery road condition and fell straight into the river at Karara on Batote – Kishtwar highway at 7.30 am ,” SSP Doda Zahid Naseem Manhas said.
We are not sure that how many people were in the truck at the time of accident, but as of now presence of three is confirmed. We have started the rescue operation since 8 am, and are trying our best to locate the tipper which has completely disappeared into mighty Chenab,” Officer added saying that experts divers have been called and an alert has been sounded along river Chenab to locate the body of the driver and others.
The drowned driver has been identified as Mehboob Ali S/O Abdul Rashid Mughal a resident of Khilhotran Bhalessa, Ishtiaq Ahmed S/O Mushtaq Ahmed Khan R/O Kilhotran and Mohd Arif S/O masterJavid Iqbal Rather R/O Changa.