Associated Press Service
ISLAMABAD:July 14, 2021 At least 10 people, including six Chinese engineers and two FC personnel, were killed and several others injured when a bus carrying workers crashed at the Dasu hydropower plant in the upper Kohistan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Initial reports from officials appeared contradictory and the nature of the incident is unclear.
Arif Khan Yousafzai, deputy commissioner of Upper Kohistan, told that the incident took place around 7am when a bus carrying 30 workers from Bursin camp to the plant site.
He said that local engineers, including Frontier Corps personnel, were on board the bus when the incident took place.
Arif Khan Yousafzai said the cause of the accident was still unknown and rescue operations were underway.
He said Police and Rangers have cordoned off the area.
The injured were being shifted to Upper Kohistan District Headquarters Hospital.
A senior police officer said it was not clear what caused the incident.
He said mobile networks were not working in the area, making it difficult to access information.
“It is not clear at this time whether it was an explosion or an accident, but it looks like an explosion,” the official said.
He said that the situation would become clear after the completion of the preliminary investigation by the police.
He said that KP Police Chief Moazzam Ansari has left for Upper Kohistan on a helicopter.
The Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) also did not specify the nature of the incident.
A statement issued by WAPDA termed the incident as an “accident”.
A WAPDA spokesperson confirmed that the employees of the Chinese company were traveling in the bus.