At least 20 people including two children, have died as a passenger coaster fell into Indus river in Rondu, Skardu district of Baltistan Division on Monday, district administration officials confirmed.
The coaster of Inchan Travel Service with 25 passengers on-board was on way from Rawalpindi to Skardu when it skidded off the treacherous road and fell into the river. Six passengers are reported to have been injured. However, the private transport company has issued a list of 23 passengers.
According to officials efforts are afoot to recover the bodies and shifted to a hospital via army helicopters and ambulances.
In September last year, 26 people including 16 army personnel and women died and 11 others sustained injuries when a Rawalpindi-bound bus from Skardu met an accident near Babusar top in Diamer district.
In August 2019, 40 people were killed when a bridge collapsed near the Kandia tehsil in Upper Kohistan district.
All the passengers belonged to the same family and were travelling to attend a function.
In October 2018, over 20 passengers were killed when a passenger bus fell into a deep gorge while travelling on the KKH in Kohistan’s Lotar area.
The bus was headed to Rawalpindi from Gilgit-Baltistan’s Ghizer District.