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11 killed, four injured as jeep plunges into ravine in Chitral

Updated January 25, 2014
— File photo
— File photo

CHITRAL: At least 11 people were killed and four others injured when a Chitral-bound jeep fell into a ravine in the Marwai area of the district here on Saturday, DawnNews reported.

According to District Police Officer (DPO), Ghulam Hussain, the ill-fated passenger jeep was en route to Chitral from Shogram when it fell into a deep ravine at Marwai due to the dilapidated condition of the road and over-speeding. Subsequently, 11 people were killed whereas four others sustained injuries.

On receiving information, local police and volunteers rushed to the scene and retrieved the bodies and injured after hectic efforts.

The bodies and injured persons were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital Chitral.

Three of the deceased persons were identified, including the headmaster of a school Sardar Zaman and two brothers Jamil Ahmed and Gul Ahmed, respectively.

Rescue work was underway.

Pakistan has one of the world's worst records for fatal accidents, blamed on poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.