Six teachers of a rural school were killed and five others injured on Thursday when their vehicle plunged into a gorge in the Almora district.
The vehicle, a Bolero, met with the accident near Chitai temple about 10 km from Almora, Superintendent of Police P Renuka Devi told PTI on phone.
The incident occurred at around 9 am and the vehicle was ferrying eleven persons, mostly teachers, to a rural school.
Three teachers died on the spot while three others succumbed to injuries at a hospital, Devi said. Five injured were rushed to the Almora base hospital from where some were referred to a higher centre in Haldwani, she said.
The teachers had apparently hired the vehicle to drop them at their school, the SP said.
It is not yet certain what led to the accident, she added.