Road accidents kill at least 13 people across four provinces

At least 13 people have died due to road accidents in Paktia, Baghlan, Helmand, and Nangarhar provinces, in a series of fatal crashes this week.

A 12-year-old was fatally hit by a car in Nangarhar’s Surkhrod district on Tuesday, and Taliban security officials reported that the driver has been apprehended.

In Helmand’s Kajaki district, a car crash on Monday resulted in two deaths, including that of a child, and injured seven others.

In the Khwaja ul-Wan area of Pulkhumri district, Baghlan province, a collision between a Hino duty truck carrying cattle and a car caused six fatalities and one injury on Tuesday at dawn, according to Nazirullah Abidi, the Taliban’s head of Baghlan’s Traffic Authority.

According to local sources, a bus carrying passengers overturned and collided on the Gardez-Khost highway in Paktia on Tuesday, resulting in the deaths of four people and injuries to ten others. The incident was reportedly caused by a tire blowout.

In recent months, traffic accidents have increased in the country. One report shows that at least 23 people have died and 500 injured from traffic accidents in the last week in 15 provinces, which are often caused by bumpy and dusty roads, lack of safety measures during travel, and reckless driving on highways.