A bus full of pilgrims returning from a religious festival crashed in southwest Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 20 people and seriously injuring 10 others, officials and a hospital doctor said.
The bus slipped off the road and fell into a gorge in the early hours of the morning in Karakh area of Khuzdar district in Pakistan’s south-western province of Balochistan.
“The bus was overloaded and the passengers were traveling on the roof of the bus,” a Pakistani security official in the area said. Reuters After paramilitary forces and soldiers were sent to help the survivors.
Dr Manzoor Zaheer said, “We have found 20 bodies in Khujdar district hospital and more than 40 have been injured.” Reuters, adding that at least 10 of the injured are in critical condition and the death toll may rise.
Deputy Commissioner Khuzdar Bashir Ahmed told Reuters that the victims were pilgrims returning from a religious festival in honor of a local Muslim saint and the victims were from Sindh province. Ahmed said that all the dead were men.
Traffic and rail accidents are common in Pakistan, partly due to the poor condition of roads and tracks.