Disasters & Accidents

At least 22 dead, 15 injured in bus accident in Pakistan

Islamabad, Nov 3 (EFE).- At least 22 people died and 15 others were injured, including several children, after a bus they were traveling in fell into a ravine in northern Pakistan on Wednesday, officials said.

The accident occurred around 10 am in the Sudhanoti district of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, according to Muhammed Fiaz, an official at the police control room in the provincial capital of Muzaffarabad.

“The bus plunged into a ravine after losing control,” Fiaz told EFE, adding that the causes of the accident were still not known.

The bus was carrying about 40 passengers at the time of the incident. People in the vicinity were the first to arrive at the spot to try to rescue the survivors.

Pakistan has one of the highest traffic accident rates in the world owing to poor infrastructure and ill-maintained and overcrowded vehicles.

Around 30,000 people die every year in road accidents in Pakistan, according to government data.

In July, at least 29 people were killed and 35 others injured when a bus collided with a truck in eastern Pakistan.

In 2017, at least 180 people were killed when a tanker, carrying gasoline, overturned in eastern Pakistan, making it one of the worst traffic accidents in the country. EFE


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