Jharkhand cable car collision: 14 people still stranded in Deoghar, rescue operation underway

Fourteen people were left stuck in the air after cable cars collided at Trikut Pahar in Deoghar, Jharkhand.

Police personnel and locals gather at the cable car site near Trikut after some cable cars collided with a cable car, in Deoghar. (Picture PTI)

No less than 14 tourists are still stranded after a few the cable cars of a cable car collided together at Trikut Pahar near Baba Baidyanath Temple in Deoghar, Jharkhand on Sunday.

Mahesh Mahto, managing director of Damodar Ropeway and Construction Limited, confirmed that 14 people were hit on the ropeway, including a Garud commando involved in the rescue operation. He said food and water will be provided for those stranded due to the cable car crash.

Mahesh Mahto claimed that blocked visitors are in contact with them by phone. However, poor network quality and connectivity is an issue in the region that has also hampered rescue operations.

Thirty-two people have been rescued so far, winched by two Indian Air Force helicopters or by sliding down nylon ropes, more than 28 hours after two aerial cable cars collided , blocking the cable car.

One person was killed and 12 others injured in the accident.

Those who were rescued shared their ordeal with India Today and said their hearts were in their mouths and they believed they would not survive.

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The entire Trikut Circuit is covered in darkness after sunset. For those stranded, food and water will be delivered by drones.

The condition of families who have loved ones stuck in the cable car is no better. The fear for their loved ones is great while waiting for them to be rescued.

Expressing sadness over the incident, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren said rescue and relief operations were being carried out on a war footing.