Local sources in Baghlan province, in northern Afghanistan, said that two traffic accidents in the province’s Dushi and Khinjan districts have resulted in the deaths of 12 people and injuries of 50 other people.
The source says that 8 people were killed and about 41 were injured when a travel bus in the Khinjan district of Baghlan province plunged into a river late last night, on November 19.
The incident was also confirmed by local Taliban government officials, who added that the passenger bus was heading from Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, to Jawzjan province in northern Afghanistan.
The charter bus accident in the province was caused by a technical fault with the vehicle, according to Sher Ahmad Burhani, a spokesperson for the Taliban police chief in Baghlan province.
In a different statement, Burhani also told that a collision between two vehicles in the Dushi district of Baghlan province resulted in the deaths of 3 people and injuries of 7 other people, who include women and children.
According to the Taliban security officials, the accident was primarily caused by speeding and negligent driving.
According to reports, damaged driving routes and negligent driving are the two main reasons for traffic accidents, which account for a sizeable portion of traffic-related fatalities in Afghanistan.