Azad Kashmir accident: 15 dead as overcrowded van plunges into ravine

The coach had a capacity for 18, but was carrying 30 passengers.

Zahid Asif July 30, 2011


A passenger coach with seating capacity for 18, but carrying 30 people, plunged into a ravine, killing 15 and injuring 15 others in Kotli in Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.

The Toyota Hiace coach going from Plaran Village to Sensa city was negotiating a sharp turn when, due to brake failure, the vehicle fell into a deep ravine, resulting in instant death of 11 passengers and the driver of the coach.

Two of the critically injured were shifted to Islamabad, while the remaining injured were moved to the District Headquarters Hospital (DHH), Kotli.

According to details, while four critically injured passengers were being shifted to Islamabad, two of them breathed their last on the way, while of the other 16 passengers who were being moved to the DHH, one woman succumbed to her injuries, taking the death toll to 15.

The driver of the vehicle, Adil, was among the deceased.

Sensa city police cited ‘brake failure’ as the reason for the mishap, while eyewitnesses claim the unfortunate incident was due to the vehicle being overcrowded with passengers.

Sensa city police have launched an investigation into the incident.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 30th,  2011.


Hayat | 10 years ago | Reply

Allah pak in Sab ko jannat ul firdoos me jaga ata farmaye ameen

Hayat | 10 years ago | Reply

Sooo sad to hear about it

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