24 killed as bus falls into ravine near Chak­wal

The Miracle - - Pakistan -

CHAK­WAL: At least 24 pas­sen­gers died and 67 were in­jured when their bus fell into a ravine near Dhoke Pathan vil­lage on Pindigheb-Tala­gang Road on Wed­nes­day night. The ac­ci­dent oc­curred at about at 9pm. Res­cue 1122 am­bu­lances parked at Tala­gang hos­pi­tals were the first to ar­rive at the scene of the tragedy, fol­lowed by an op­er­a­tion team from Chak­wal that reached there about 40 min­utes later. District Po­lice Of­fi­cer Muham­mad Ha­roon Joiya and Dep- uty Com­mis­sioner Omar Ja­hangir also rushed to the spot and su­per­vised the res­cue op­er­a­tion. “The bus was on its way to Rai­wind from Ko­hat and the pas­sen­gers were go­ing to Rai­wind to at­tend the an­nual re­li­gious con­gre­ga­tion,” Muham­mad Afzal, the Sta­tion House Of­fi­cer of Sad­dar Po­lice Sta­tion, told Dawn. Con­firm­ing that 24 peo­ple had been killed, he said that all the pas­sen­gers be­longed to Ko­hat area. Ac­cord­ing to Res­cue 1122 spokesper­son Khur­ram Man­zoor, 13 of the in­jured were rushed to Rawalpindi be­cause of their se­ri­ous con­di­tion. Scores of other in­jured were shifted to Tehsil Head­quar­ters Hos­pi­tal Tala­gang, City Hos­pi­tal Tala­gang and District Head­quar­ters Hos­pi­tal Chak­wal, he added. SHO Afzal said that orig­i­nally the bus was to go to Rai­wind via Islamabad-La­hore Mo­tor­way but it opted for an­other route. “The mo­tor­way is closed af­ter 10pm due to smog and over­loaded buses are fined on the mo­tor­way. That’s why the driver opted to go through GT Road,” he added. “The driver was un­fa­mil­iar with this area and he was run­ning the bus at high speed. The bus fell into the ravine while it was pass­ing through a slope,” he said.

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