Pakistan: 11 children die in van river plunge

At least 11 children were killed when a van carrying about 30 school pupils plunged 15m into a river in Pakistan-held Kashmir today, police said.

The local police chief said authorities managed to save the driver and four injured children following the accident in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-held Kashmir.

The others are missing, feared dead.

Rescue workers struggled to reach the van floating in the middle of the river to save any remaining children who may have survived.

The crash happened when the driver lost control of the van as he was negotiating an elevated road next to the Jhelum River.

Pakistan’s devastating floods, which started in July, did not appear to have been a factor.

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