7 killed, 25 injured after van falls into ravine in Pakistan

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Added On January 12, 2017

 ISLAMABAD, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- At least seven people were killed and 25 others injured after a passenger van fell into a ravine in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir on Thursday, local Urdu media reported.

 
The van carrying 32 people was on its way to the Forward Kahuta area from the country's capital of Islamabad, the ARY News said.
 
The injured, including women and kids, were shifted to hospitals. Five of them were reportedly in critical condition.
 
Police said the accident happened when the van driver lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a sharp turn at the mountainous Hajira area in Bagh.
 
Road accidents frequently happen in Pakistan due to poorly maintained roads, violation of road safety rules and reckless driving.
 
According to data compiled by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, over 9,000 road accidents were reported to the police every year, killing on average around 5,000 people annually in the country.
 
Traffic police officials said that 90 percent of the accidents in Pakistan are caused merely by human error.