Weekly Bang-e-Sahar Saturday, April 26—-May 2, 2008
By Our Correspondent
SKARDU: Twelve people were killed and many others injured in two separate traffic accidents involving passenger vehicles going to Skardu and Gilgit from Islamabad and Peshawar on Wednesday.
In the first accident, seven people, two of them women, lost their lives and 15 others were injured when a coaster plunged into a ditch in Battagram.
Sources said the passenger coaster was going to Skardu from Islamabad when it fell into the ravine because of rain.
Those killed were identified as Sipahi Maqsood of Punjab, and Lance Naik Ghulam Abbas, Mohammad Zahid, Mohammad Riaz, Hussain, Asif and Haider of Baltistan.
The injured were taken to a Battagram hospital. Two of them were shifted to an Abbottabad hospital because of their critical condition.
In the second accident, five people were killed when a pickup fell into a deep ravine in the Pattan area.
The pickup was going from Peshawar to Gilgit when it met the accident.
The Pattan police and local people retrieved the bodies and handed them over to their relatives.