A road accident damped the Eid festivities in Gojal Valley when a wagon skidded off Karakoram Highway and plunged into a deep gorge, killing eight people on Wednesday, rescue workers and witnesses said.
According to witnesses, the wagon with 18 passengers on board was heading to Kamaris, a hamlet in Gulmit, the headquarters of Gojal Tehsil, when its tie-rod broke. The driver lost control over the steering and the van plunged into a deep ravine near Hussani village, 50 kilometres from Hunza, killing five passengers on the spot and injuring nine others. Three of the injured died while being shifted to District Headquarters Hospital in Hunza. They were returning from Khyber village after attending a wedding ceremony.
The deceased have been identified as Numberdar Nasiruddin, Dad Ali Shah, Numberdar Nasir Iqbal, Civil Supplies Deputy Director Aqil Shah, Bakhtullah, Shaukat Aziz, Irfan Karim and Shahabuddin.
The injured were shifted to Aliabad, Hunza. Two of them were referred to District Headquarters Hospital Gilgit. Two died on way to Hunza.
A young motorcycle rider also died in a motorcycle accident in the same area on Monday. The deceased was identified as Jamil from Murtazabad, Hunza.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 23rd, 2012.
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