21 killed in Pakistan bus crash




At least 21 people were killed when a passenger bus plunged into a river in Pakistan’s northern region bordering China, an official said on Monday.

The bus was travelling from the garrison city of Rawalpindi to Skardu, a famous tourist destination, with 25 people on board when the accident occurred in Gilgit-Baltistan region early in the morning.

Twenty-one people including three women died in the accident, said Faizullah Faraq, a spokesperson for the regional government, adding that four people were wounded in the accident.

The cause of the accident was not known yet.

Road accidents are common in Pakistan due to a lack of adequate infrastructure, poorly maintained vehicles and careless driving.

According to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, around 9,000 road accidents are reported every year, killing around 4,000 people.

Source: NAN




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