Road accident: 13 perish in Azad Kashmir bus crash

Bus plunges into ravine, six injured.


Our Correspondent/afp/APP December 03, 2013
Locals gather around the crashed bus. PHOTO: EXPRESS

MUZAFFARABAD:


At least 13 passengers were killed and six others injured when a passenger bus fell into a ravine early on Monday in Saryain, Forward Kahota, some 150 kilometres from here.


The bus was going from Rawalpindi to Forward Kahuta in Bagh district. It fell down a 150 metre slope, according to police official Riaz Abbasi, who added that that around 20 people were on board.

A senior government official said, “The accident occurred around 5:00 am.” We have moved the injured to hospitals and handed over the bodies of the deceased to their relatives,” local administration official Sardar Shahbaz Ali said.

The officials said the cause of the accident was not immediately known.

The dead were identified as Safeer Ahmed, Wazir Muhammad, Ikhlas Khan, Hafiz Shaban Malik, Muhammad Shafi, Mursleen, Fayaz, Tariq, Muhammad Bashir and Muhammad Latif, while the other three could not be identified till the filing of this report. Muhammad, Fayaz, Sipahi Dullah Khan, and Muhammad Yusaf Rafaqat sustained critical injuries and were shifted to the Military Surgical Training Institute (MST) Kahuta for treatment.

Havayli Deputy Commissioner (DC) Raja Irshad told The Express Tribune that initial reports indicated the driver lost control while negotiating the sharp bend.

Meanwhile, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Chaudhry has asked the district administrations of Havayli and Rawalakot to provide free treatment to the injured and issue compensation cheques to the  deceased’s families on a priority basis.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 3rd, 2013.

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