27 killed, 69 injured as bus falls into ravine in Pakistan’s Punjab region

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The officials said on Thursday that no less than 27 killed and 69 injured following a speeding passenger bus fell into a narrow valley in Pakistan’s Punjab region. The bus carrying more than 100 people was going from Kohat to Raiwind when the mishap occurred in Kallar town on Wednesday night. The Station House Officer of Saddar Police Station, Muhammad Afzal, said that “The passengers were going to Raiwind to attend an annual religious congregation”.

Coming to the injured passengers, thirteen of the injured were hurried to Rawalpindi due to their serious condition while many injured were moved to nearby hospitals, the Dawn News reported. The bus was supposed to go to Raiwind via Islamabad – Lahore Motorway but it settled for another route. “The motorway is closed after 10 pm due to smog and overloaded buses are fined on the motorway because of which the driver opted to go through Grand Trunk Road,” Afzal said. He added that “The driver was unfamiliar with this area and he was driving the bus at high speed. The bus fell into the ravine while it was passing through a slope”.

The Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed sorrow over the loss of lives and after for a report of the accident. The report said that Sharif also directed the authorities concerned to give immediate medical treatment and relief to every one of those injured in the accident. Road accidents have become a common thing in Pakistan and most of them occur due to bad roads, faulty vehicles, and careless driving.

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