11 killed in Murree chairlift accident

A cable car fell into a ditch Thursday morning near Murree hill resort in northern Pakistan, killing 11, rescue sources told media. Two more individuals were being treated for critical injuries.

The injured had been shifted to capital Islamabad for medical treatment. Their chances of survival were slim, as the cable car had fallen from a height of 400 feet, rescuers had initially said.

“The villagers use a chairlift to cross the river and it broke, coming off the cable,” rescue official Muhammad Farooq told AFP.

According to rescuers, the cable car was being used for transportation between Sharafani in Punjab province and Banwari in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The cable car was the only source of transportation between the two hilly areas as there are no roads connecting the two, they said.

Locals had reportedly set up the cable car service on a self-help basis, rescuers said.

Chairlift accidents are common in mountainous areas of the country, where the lifts are often used to cross rivers.

Four people drowned when a chairlift broke in Diamer district of Gilgit-Baltistan last month.

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