Eight members of a family, including women and children, died after their Pagorai-bound mini jeep fell into a hundred-foot-deep ravine in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Shangla district on Monday, officials said.

Shangla District Police Officer Imran Khan and Rescue 1122 spokesperson Rasool Khan Sharif confirmed the fatal accident and deaths.

Sharif told Dawn.com that four women and three children were among the deceased and the bodies were moved to the district headquarters hospital in Alpuri.

He said that the unfortunate family was returning home after visiting a relative in Belay Baba when the accident took place which resulted in the deaths of seven while a child succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital.

Sharif said the bodies would be handed over to their relatives after the medico-legal procedure at the hospital.

Such incidents are common in the northern areas of Pakistan.

Three women and a girl were killed while seven others were injured when a vehicle plunged into a deep ravine in the Tank district a day ago.

Earlier this month, 14 me­m­bers of a family were killed and another nine injured when the truck they were travelling in fell into a ditch near Khushab

In a separate incident, at least 21 passengers, including three women, were killed and 21 others injured when a Hunza-bound bus plunged into a ravine along the Indus River near Chilas on May 3.

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