Gopeshwar, October 13:

Eight persons were killed and one went missing while five others were seriously injured on Sunday when the jeep they were travelling in fell into a deep gorge in Tharali area of Chamoli district.

The mishap occurred near Ghes village of the district when 14 persons were going in the jeep to Dewal to attend a funeral, said police.

The deceased were identified Jasbir Singh (32), Surendra Singh (30), Madan Singh (60), Darban Singh (48), Madan Singh (38), Kailash Singh (40), Gopal Singh (35) and Dharam Singh (55).

The one who has gone missing is Jai Singh Danu, 48.

Five injured persons, including the driver, were hospitalised.

Uttarakhand Governor Baby Rani Maurya and Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat expressed grief at the loss of lives in the accident.

The chief minister also ordered a magisterial probe into the accident.