IDUKKI: As many as 12 people were injured after a jeep carrying Tamil Nadu natives fell into a 200-ft-deep gorge near Chinnakkanal here around 7.30 am on Sunday. The condition of five people, who have been admitted to the Medical College Hospitals, in Theni and Kottayam, is said to be serious.
The jeep was heading from Bodimettu to Koviloor. However, while negotiating a curve near the Chinnakkanal waterfall, the driver lost control over the vehicle and it overturned into the gorge.
Rescue operations were initiated by shopkeepers and local residents who rushed to the spot hearing the sound. The injured were taken to the general hospital in Munnar by the police team from Santhanpara station.
However, Ganapathi, Manikandan, Amaravathy, Jayanthi and Selvaraj, who suffered injuries on head and spinal cord, have been admitted to the Medical College Hospitals in Theni and Kottayam.