Eleven people including three women were killed and nine others injured in Shrengal, Upper Dir when a driver lost control of his vehicle on a mountainous track.
The incident took place in the village of Chinar-e-Nau early Wednesday morning but according to local residents, the authorities only learnt about it three hours later. That is when a rescue operation was carried out. “There is a high probability that others would have survived had rescue efforts commenced on time,” Ahmed, a local resident, told The Express Tribune. The injured were mostly rescued by residents.
Bound for Dog Darrah, Upper Dir from Timargara, Lower Dir, authorities believe the driver lost control due to drowsiness sending the vehicle plummeting into a river, several feet below.
The injured were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital. The dead were identified as the driver Sirajduddin, Owais Khan, Muhammad Yaar, Said Hakeem, Nawab, Saeeda, Shameem, Rubina, Inamullah, Wahab and Syed Faqir. Hospital authorities said that most of the injured were in critical condition. The matter is currently under investigation by the police.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 2nd, 2012.
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