Wednesday, 16 July 2014

18 killed in bus accident in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

At least 18 people were killed today when the driver of a passenger van lost control and the vehicle plunged about 150 metres into a ravine in the mountainous region of Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

The van was on its way from Thakot to Battagram in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province when it plunged into the ravine near Kotgala village.

Eighteen passengers on board the van were killed when the driver lost control and the vehicle fell about 150 metres into the ravine, Noor Wali, a police official, said.

He said the rescue teams struggled to retrieve the bodies due to steep slopes and thick foliage.

The dead bodies were shifted to district headquarter hospital Battagram.

Road accidents are common in Pakistan where hundreds are killed every year due to traffic accidents.

At least 12 people were killed in a similar incident in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir over the weekend.

Careless driving, bad roads and faulty vehicles are common causes of such accidents.

Wednesday 16 July 2014


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