At least eight persons were killed and 15 injured during horrific traffic accident near Muzzafarabad here on Thursday.

The accident took place when a passenger van on the way from Muzaffarabad fell into a deep ravine near Niaza Pura area of Azad Kashmir.

Resultantly, eight people were killed and 15 other injured.

Local residents rushed to the scene soon after the sad accident took place, police and rescue teams also reached the site after a while. The victims were shifted to the Muzzafarabad hospital, the number of fatalities may increase as condition of some injured reported in critical.

Police started it investigations, according to initial report accident occurred due to over loading and break failure.

27 passengers were on board in 15 seats van, police said adding that the driver has warned the passengers to jump to save lives soon when he came to know breaks of vehicle were not working.