At least 18 school children sustained injuries when a Suzuki pickup plunged into a roadside gorge in the hilly Union Council of Nafafpur. Nine of the children were critically injured, police and witnesses reported on Thursday.
While the closest medical facility was Khanpur Hospital, the lack of emergency services forced parents to eventually take them to Tehsil Headquarter Hospital Taxila, Pakistan Management Organization Hospital and Pakistan Institute Medical Sciences (PIMS), Islamabad.
The Suzuki pickup was transporting children from different areas in Najafpur to a government girls school and a private school in Choee village. Near Sarbroot village, the driver lost control around a blind turn and the vehicle fell into a deep gorge. Residents rescued the injured – mostly girls – and took them to Khanpur Hospital.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 18th, 2014.