As many as nine people were killed when their cab veered off a mountainous road and rolled down a deep gorge in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said on Thursday.
The accident occurred at Zojila Pass on the busy Srinagar-Leh National Highway in the federal government-controlled territory. The pass is 3,400 metres above the sea level.
"The cab was travelling to Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar with the victims -- eight passengers and the driver -- when the tragedy occurred late on Wednesday night," a police officer told the local media.
While five people died on the spot in the impact, four others, including the driver and an Armyman, succumbed to their injuries later on Thursday, the officer said.
"A probe has been ordered into the accident," he added.
Road accidents are very common in India, with one taking place every four minutes. These accidents are often blamed on poor roads, rash driving and scant regard for traffic laws.
Indian government's implementation of stricter traffic laws in recent years has failed to rein in accidents, which claim over 100,000 lives every year.