Seven killed in Pakistan road accident

Islamabad, June 19 (IANS) At least seven people, including a woman, were killed and 11 injured on Friday after a passenger bus plunged into a ditch in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’s Rawlakot district.

The bus, travelling from Rawalpindi to Rawlakot, fell in the ditch when the driver took a fast turn on a bridge, Dawn reported.

Rescue and emergency teams reached the spot and shifted the victims to Combined Military Hospital, Rawlakot, and Combined Military Hospital, Rawalpindi.

Pakistan has an appalling record of fatal traffic accidents due to poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

Close to 9,000 road accidents have been reported to the police every year since 2011, killing over 4,500 people on average, according to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).

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