10 passengers killed in Murree van plunge


Islamabad: At least 10 people were killed and eight injured on Sunday when a Rawalpindi-bound passenger van skidded off road and plunged into a ravine near Salgiran area.
Dr Farrukh Kamal of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) said that 10 bodies were shifted to the hospital. A total of twelve passengers were brought to the hospital. According to Rescue 1122, a passenger van carrying 18 passengers went off road while taking a sharp turn and fell into a deep gorge. The rescue and the police teams rushed to site immediately. A total of 16 rescue officials took part in the operation while heavy rain and winds caused immense problems for the rescuers.
“Ten persons died on the spot-two children, two women and six men,” a Rescue 1122 official said. There were conflicting claims about the fate of the driver of the van as the Rawalpindi police spokesperson reportedly claimed that he was arrested, while duty officer Tariq Javed said that he died on the spot.
Trees along the road prevented the van from directly falling into the ravine. It is noteworthy that it is the same place where major accidents have occurred in the recent past.

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