16 dead in Swat bus plunge

sPESHAWAR: A family migrating from Mingora to Kalam met a tragedy Tuesday morning when the truck carrying them fell in the River Swat, leaving 16 of them confirmed dead and some others missing, police said. Some others were injured in the incident. Search for the remaining bodies was continued till the filing of this report. “Sixteen members of the family died when their truck fell in the river (Swat) in Pashmal area,” Behrain Police Station officer Tariq Khan said. Ten children, five women and a man were among those dead, the police officer said. “Sixteen people have been killed in the accident including 10 children and five women. Seven other passengers have been injured,” Mehmood Asalam, a senior administration official in Swat, told AFP. “We don’t know any reason for the accident at the moment. It may have been caused because driver slept while driving,” said Aslam. Local police official Shakeel Khan confirmed the death toll, and said that the injured had been taken to a local hospital. “The injured included three men, as many women and a child,” said Khan. Families in Swat’s coolest areas such as Kalam and Behrain migrate in winter to hotter parts of the district and return to homes when summer falls.

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