At least four persons, including a man and his son, were killed and 23 others were injured in two separate road accidents in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Tuesday, police said.
In the first incident, three people were killed and five others were injured when a motorbike and two busses collided on Kadala Road near Bhimbher city in the early hours of Tuesday. Muhammad Rafiq and his 10-year-old son were crushed to death when the motorbike they were travelling on got pinned between two busses, whereas Subedar (retd) Rehmat, who was on board one of the busses, was wounded and died before he could be provided medical aid. Five other passengers were injured in the accident.
The victims were shifted to the Bhimbher District Hospital, while drivers of both the busses were booked by the police.
In the second incident, a man was killed and 18 others were wounded when a passenger van (RIS 1010) skidded off road and fell into a ditch along the Islamabad-Muzaffarabad highway in Raara, about 7km from Muzaffarabad city.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Muzaffarabad Sardar Gulfraz Khan told The Express Tribune via telephone that the van was heading towards Muzaffarabad from Kotli and crashed while negotiating a sharp turn near Rahend Bridge.
The victims were shifted to Combined Military Hospital Muzafarrabad, where the condition of four passengers is stated to be critical. The deceased was identified as Muhammad Munawer, a resident of Mang village in Palandri, AJK.
The SSP said the reason for the crash was speeding, adding that the van driver has been booked and investigations are underway.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 15th, 2012.