Six people died in a road accident in northern Afghanistan’s Balkh Province on Tuesday. The provincial hospital spokesperson, Khair Mohammad Khair Khwa, confirmed the incident on Wednesday.
The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon in the Jawzjan-Balkh province in the Chaharbolak district of Balkh province. It occurred after the collision between two vehicles due to the driver’s reckless driving, Khar Khwa added.
Some of the injured people were left in critical condition, highlighting the severity of the incident.
In a concerning trend, the recent collision on the Jawzjan-Balkh highway marks the fourth road accident in the country in the last four days. Within just four days, a series of tragic incidents have unfolded, claiming the lives of three individuals and leaving 26 others injured in various road accidents across provinces like Badakhshan, Ghazni, and Laghman.
The frequency of these accidents underscores the pressing need for improved road safety measures and heightened awareness among drivers. The toll on human lives and well-being is a stark reminder of the country’s importance of responsible driving and effective traffic management.
The country grapples with dire road safety due to poor roads, ageing vehicles, inadequate precautions, and reckless driving. Over the past three months, nearly 400 lives were lost in road accidents.
This situation emphasizes better infrastructure, vehicle safety promotion, and responsible driving culture. The toll on lives underscores the urgency of addressing these factors to mitigate the ongoing safety crisis.