Eight killed in accident near Babusar Pass in GB

GILGIT: Eight people, including a child, were killed and nine others injured on Friday when a van carrying tourists plunged into a ravine near Babusar Pass in the Diamer district of Gilgit-Baltistan.

Chilas Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Wazir Liaqat said the vehicle, carrying 16 tourists, was headed to Gilgit from Sahiwal.

“After the vehicle fell into the ravine, it caught fire,” he said, adding the wounded persons were being moved to the Chilas Regional Headquarters Hospital.

The DSP said one body had been brought to the health facility in Chilas while the remaining were referred to Naran. He further stated that the deaths occurred due to severe injuries.

Liaqat added the injured included four women, four children and a man.

Earlier this month, six people were killed and 17 others were injured when a bus carrying tourists plunged into a ravine on the Karakoram Highway near the Thalichi area in GB.

Previously, five tourists were killed and 13 were injured in two traffic accidents in GB’s Hunza when a van fell into a ravine and another crashed into a mountain. 

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