A tragic incident occurred as a passenger van veered off a bridge on the route connecting Thakot area of Battagram to Hazara Motorway in Mansehra, resulting in the loss of six lives, including two women, and injuring five others. The bridge is part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
According to an official from Rescue 1122, Hafeezur Rehman, the van was en route from Battagram’s Allai tehsil to Mansehra when the accident transpired. The mishap unfolded in the Hathimera area of Mansehra when the driver reportedly lost control of the steering wheel. The van, carrying 13 passengers at the time, plunged into a ditch.
Rescue personnel promptly arrived at the scene and extricated the deceased and injured from the wreckage.
The bodies and injured individuals were transported to King Abdullah Teaching Hospital in Mansehra for further medical attention.
Hafeez conveyed that the families of the victims had been notified and the necessary medico-legal procedures would be conducted before releasing the bodies to their respective families.
This incident follows a recent accident earlier this month, where 21 members of a family from Peshawar sustained injuries when their wagon overturned on the Mansehra-Naran-Jalkhad Road in Balakot’s Sangar area. The family was en route to Kaghan Valley when the driver lost control while navigating a sharp turn, leading to the unfortunate accident.