13 dead, 53 injured in Helmand collisions
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): At least 13 persons including Afghan soldier were killed and 53 others, including women and children, wounded in two separate traffic accidents in southern Helmand province on Monday, officials said.
Transport Director Abdul Ghafoor Tokhi told Pajhwok Afghan News seven people were killed and 40 others wounded at 8:00am when a passenger flipped over after the driver lost control of the vehicle on the Kabul-Herat highway in Washer district.
But, Salim Rodi, administrative chief for Helmand’s Greshk district, said the incident occurred when the passenger coach collided head-on with another vehicle. The crash left seven left dead and 30 other wounded.
A source in the Helmand Civil Hospital’s emergency ward confirmed eight dead and 48 injured had been evacuated to the hospital from the accident site.
Traffic Director Mirza Khan Rohani also confirmed the accident, but gave no more details.
Separately, four civilians and an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier were killed and five others sustained injuries when a civilian car collided a military vehicle at around 1:00pm in Nahr-i-Siraj area of Grishk district, the Helmand-Lashkargah highway commander, Col. Abdul Satar Noorzai, said.
A source in the Helmand Civil Hospital’s emergency ward confirmed that four injured including three ANA soldiers had been evacuated to the hospital from the accident area.
Similar traffic mishaps often happen in Helmand and elsewhere in the country due to reckless driving.
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