ISLAMABAD: A road accident involving two vehicles, one of which was from the United States Embassy, killed one person and injured five others on Faisal Avenue on Sunday.

According to police sources, the US embassy vehicle broke a red light and drove into traffic. The driver has been arrested and an FIR registered with the Margalla police.

Investigating officer Asif Khan told Dawn that the initial report suggested that the cars collided head-on, killing a woman sitting in the other car and injuring five other people.

“The driver of the vehicle [that belongs to the US Embassy] told the police that the vehicle belonged to the US Embassy,” he said, adding: “We have detained the driver as a woman has died and five people are injured. We are investigating who is responsible for the accident.”

According to the FIR, which is available with Dawn, complainant Osama Ikhlaq – the son of the deceased – said that his father Mohammad Ikhlaq, mother Nazia Bibi, cousin Shakeel Ahmed, his cousin’s wife Nabeela Bibi and their two daughters had been in the car and Shakeel Ahmed was driving.

He said in the complaint that a Land Cruiser, which was speeding, collided with their car, killing his mother and injuring other members of his family. He said his relatives were being treated at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences.An official from the embassy was reluctant to share any details.

Published in Dawn, January 27th, 2020