Traffic Accidents Claim Seven Lives in Baghlan and Daykundi
At least seven people, including women and children, have lost their lives, and two others were wounded in two recent traffic accidents in Baghlan and Daykundi provinces.
A car carrying six people veered off the road and fell into a river in Pul-e-Khumri, the capital city of the northern Baghlan province. The incident occurred on Monday around 09:30 AM killing five people, including one woman and a child, and wounding one more child.
Sher Ahmad Borhani, spokesman for the Taliban police in Baghlan, confirmed the incident, describing “recklessness” as the reason behind the deadly incident.
On Saturday, November 19, two traffic accidents killed as many as 12 people and wounded 47 others in the same province.
In the central Daykundi province, a minivan crashed on Sunday afternoon in the Ashtarlay district of the province, killing a father and his son. The incident left the vehicle driver wounded, according to Taliban police in Daykundi.
Daykundi is a remote province with narrowly constructed roads connecting its districts through mountainous terrains to the provincial center and adjacent provinces.
Late in October, Daykundi’s traffic authority stated that 211 traffic accidents killed 45 people and wounded 114 others in one year across the province.
Afghanistan has seen an unprecedented hike in deadly traffic accidents in recent months. Poorly constructed roads, speedy and reckless driving and overloading vehicles are said to be the main reasons behind these deadly traffic accidents in the country.