Thu. Jun 20th, 2024

At least 27 people were killed, and more than 25 others were injured after a passenger bus fell into a ravine on a mountain highway in Balochistan province, southwestern Pakistan.

The accident occurred at dawn in the town of Basimah in Balochistan province while the bus was heading from the city of Turbat to Quetta.

Ismail Mengal, a local government official, explained, “The driver lost control of the bus while driving on a mountainous curve, which led to it falling into the valley.”

Munjal added, “Investigations are underway to determine the cause of the accident, and it is possible that the driver fell asleep or was driving at excessive speed.”

Nour Allah, chief physician at Basma Civil Hospital, confirmed that “the hospital received 27 bodies, including three women and two children.”

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed his deep sadness over the tragic accident, stressing the need to improve road safety measures.

Pakistan suffers from frequent fatal road accidents due to lax safety measures, poor driver training, and dilapidated transportation infrastructure.

Last April, 17 pilgrims were killed, and 41 others were injured in a collision while on their way to a shrine in the Hub district of Balochistan.

In January last year, 41 people were killed in a similar accident when their bus, which was loaded with containers of flammable oil, veered off the road and caught fire.

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