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13 Amarnath travelers harmed after their vehicle rams into truck close Jammu


Thirteen Amarnath explorers were harmed when their vehicle slammed into a stationary truck on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway here on Thursday, a police official said.

The explorers were a piece of a caravan conveying a crisp cluster of 3,419 travelers including 680 ladies and 201 ‘sadhus’ from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp here to Kashmir to embrace the yearly journey, the authority said.

He said the mishap happened close Dherma connect in Mallard territory of Udhampur locale, around 70 kms from here, around 5.30 am whenthe driver of the tempolost control and hit the stopped truck.

Thirteen pioneers going in the vehicle were harmed and admitted to an area clinic in Udhampur, the authority said.

He said the state of three of the harmed pioneers was expressed to be “not kidding” and they are being taken to the Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu.

While 10 of the harmed pioneers are occupants of Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh, three others are from Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, the authority said.

In the midst of tight security, the crisp cluster of travelers had left in an armada of vehicles from here for the twin base camps of Baltal in Ganderbal and Pahalgam in Anantnag locale in the early hours on Thursday to pay regard at the 3,880 meter high give in sanctum of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas.

Of them, 2,217 pioneers decided on the customary 36-km Pahalgam track, while 1,202 others are playing out the yatra through the 12-km Baltal course, the authority said.

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