MANSEHRA, 18 December: At least five school teachers died and three injured as a passenger van plunged into a ravine in Batala area here on Saturday, police said.

According to police, the ill-fated van was on its way from lower Makool to Havelian. When it reached Batala, the vehicle went out of control of the driver and fell into a ditch.

The dead injured people were retrieved and shifted to Havelian hospital. According to local residents, the dead and injured people were schoolteachers who were going to attend a funeral of one of their colleagues.