Two vehicles roll down after hit by avalanche on Zojila Pass

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Two vehicles skidded off the road and rolled down the cliff after a snow avalanche came barreling down on the Srinagar-Kargil highway at Zojila pass, police said.

The incident occurred near Panimatha Captain mode at Zojila pass.

The ill-fated vehicles were on their way to Kargil from Srinagar.

Station House Officer, Police Station Sonmarg, Fayaz Ahmed said that a passenger vehicle (Xylo) and a camper rolled down after a snow avalanche hit them near Panimatha area on Zojila Pass.

“Rescue teams including a police party rushed to the spot and retrieved the passengers, however, vehicles could not be retrieved due to the inclement weather,” he said adding that it is still snowing on Zojail Pass.

The police officer further informed that after the incident the Srinagar-Kargil highway has been closed to traffic.

“We have turned back all the vehicles that were heading for Kargil from Sonmarg,” he added. (KNT)

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