20 people killed after bus plunged into a ravine in Pakistan

Written by on May 3, 2024

Road accidents with high fatalities are common in Pakistan, because of lax safety measures, poor driver training and dilapidated transport infrastructure.

An eyewitness told the German DPA news agency that speeding on slippery highways after heavy rains and muddy landslides usually results in accidents in the region.


A bus carrying around 40 passengers from the city of Rawalpindi near the capital, Islamabad, to the northern mountainous region of Gilgit-Baltistan plunged into a deep valley in Pakistan’s mountainous northern region on Friday, injuring at least 20 people.


The driver lost control of the vehicle on a bend near the city of Chilas, in the Gilgit-Baltistan region, around dawn, falling into a rocky ravine where the River Indus flows.


“The local Ulema (Muslim leader) announced the news of the accident from the loudspeaker of the mosque and urged the people to donate blood for the injured,” Azmat Shah, a police official in the city told the French AFP news agency.

“Rescue operations have been completed. Among the 21 injured, the condition of five is very critical.”

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