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18 pilgrims killed after passenger bus overturns in Khuzdar

Another 50 injured

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 11, 2021 | Last Updated: 3 months ago
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Posted: Jun 11, 2021 | Last Updated: 3 months ago

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At least 18 pilgrims were killed and over 40 injured after a passenger bus overturned near Khuzdar's Ghori area Friday morning. The accident happened before dawn when the vehicle was travelling from Dadu from Wadh, according to Levies officials. "A bus carrying 59 pilgrims was returning… (after) the conclusion of a religious ceremony at a local shrine when it plunged into a ravine, killing 18 people and wounding 41 others," senior local government official Bashir Bazai told AFP. According to the official, the driver was speeding because of which he lost control of the vehicle. Officials with the local tribal police, who have a checkpost near the scene, and local health officer Sumar Khan also confirmed the crash and casualties. The bodies and injured people have been moved to the Khuzdar Teaching Hospital and the Combined Military Hospital. The police are trying to identify the dead. Pakistan has a poor road safety record due to substandard roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving. The accident came days after more than 60 people died when a high-speed train knifed through carriages of another service that had derailed minutes earlier in Sindh province. With additional reporting from AFP. Follow SAMAA English on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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At least 18 pilgrims were killed and over 40 injured after a passenger bus overturned near Khuzdar’s Ghori area Friday morning.

The accident happened before dawn when the vehicle was travelling from Dadu from Wadh, according to Levies officials.

“A bus carrying 59 pilgrims was returning… (after) the conclusion of a religious ceremony at a local shrine when it plunged into a ravine, killing 18 people and wounding 41 others,” senior local government official Bashir Bazai told AFP.

According to the official, the driver was speeding because of which he lost control of the vehicle.

Officials with the local tribal police, who have a checkpost near the scene, and local health officer Sumar Khan also confirmed the crash and casualties.

The bodies and injured people have been moved to the Khuzdar Teaching Hospital and the Combined Military Hospital. The police are trying to identify the dead.

Pakistan has a poor road safety record due to substandard roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

The accident came days after more than 60 people died when a high-speed train knifed through carriages of another service that had derailed minutes earlier in Sindh province.

With additional reporting from AFP. Follow SAMAA English on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

 
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