Bridge damaged as mini-truck fell into river

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SHANGLA: A wooden bridge in Ranyal area here was damaged on Tuesday when a loaded mini-truck fell from it into Khan Khwar River, disconnecting three village councils of the area from rest of the district.

According to locals a loaded Mazda on Tuesday was crossing the ramshackle bridge when it reached in midddle some of its planks broke down due to the load and as a result the vehicle fell down into the river. It was carrying sand for construction purposes.

The mini-truck driver and two other persons received minor injuries and were rescued from the river.

They claimed that the bridge was broke down for the 8th time since it built in 1995 by the then Pakistan people party lawmaker Afsarulmulk although repaired many times by spending millions of rupees.

It is a crucial bridge over the Khan Khwar links different village councils, Sangrai, Chichlo, Ranyal and Shatoot with rest of Shangla.

Sadaqat Shah, a resident of Ranyal, said the bridge was broke down many times before and vehicles were also fell down but yet the government has not been seen serious to resolve this issue.

He said, construction work on the cemetery bridge was continued but some local creating hurdles in its completion and the pace of work was too slow.

According to locals over 50,000 population of the areas would remain disconnected from the rest of the district until the bridge restored.

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