11 killed and injured at Salang Pass traffic incident
By Ghanizada - Thu Jan 05 2012, 9:44 am
According to local authorities in northern Afghanistan, at least 11 people were killed and injured following traffic accidents at the Salang Pass highway in northern Afghanistan.
Chief of the northern Baghlan Traffic Department Gen. Syed Mahboobullah Sadat confirming the report said, the incident took place on Wednesday evening after a civilian Town-Ace vehicle, which was travelling from Kabul to Samangan province crashed into a valley and went around 300 downwards at Naw Shakh, killing at least 3 people and injuring at least 8 others.
Mr. Sadat also said, Salang Pass highways are closed due to heavy snow, which has covered the ground with at least 75 centimeters of thickness.
He said, the cleanup operation of the Salang Pass is in process.
He also urged the drivers to equip themselves with the winter equipments to prevent any issues while travelling through Salang Pass.
The latest traffic incident at Salang Pass tolls up the number of accidents in northern Afghanistan to at least 2 incidents taking place in 2 weeks times. In a similar incident, at least 10 people were killed and injured after a civilian Hutch Back type vehicle crashed at Sheikh Jalal Kotal in Nahrin district of northern Baghlan province.
In the meantime a NATO tanker was torched at Dushi district of northern Baghlan province around 7 pm last night.
Provincial security officials said, the driver of the vehicle has been arrested and is currently under the investigation.
Report by Ajmal Omeri, Baghlan province.