RAWALPINDI - At least five passengers were killed and 19 others injured, seven of them critically, when a vehicle plunged into a deep ravine after breaking its tie-rod, informed sources and eyewitnesses here on Wednesday.

The Rescue 1122, on calling, rushed to the incident place and shifted all the dead and injured passengers to Tehsil Headquarters (THQ) Hospital while the doctors referred four to seven injured to the District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital keeping their serious condition in view.

According to sources and eyewitnesses, a Toyota Hiace (RL-2570) was coming from Rawalpindi to Gujar Khan with passengers on board when all of sudden vehicle’s tie-rod was broken near the Gangrilla Railway Station. As a result, the vehicle plunged into a deep ravine, killing five passengers and injuring 19 others.

Those died in the road mishap identified as Shahzeb, Nauman Ali (a constable in Police Station Jatli), Zahid Mehmood, Fazal Hussain and Muhammad Bashir whereas Mashooq, Yousaf, Asif Sultan and Waqas Ahmed were among the critical injured. On the other hand, five members of same family sustained burnt injuries, including an infant baby girl when a cylinder exploded with big bang at Khajoor Wala Ground, Railway Scheme Number 7, within the limits of Police Station Ratta Amral, informed Rescue 1122.

According to Rescue 1122, the incident took place because of gas leakage in which a man, his wife and three children sustained burnt injuries. All injured were shifted to the Holy Family Hospital (HFH) and one victim was to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) for medical treatment.

 The victims identified as Safdar Irslah Khan (50), his wife Shabana and their children Azhar (12), Mazhar (11) and Fatima (1 month). Doctors said that the condition of Shahbana was serious as she burnt 45 per cent in the incident.