A speeding bus carrying pilgrims overturned on a highway, killing at least 20 people and injuring 50 others. Friday’s accident happened in Khuzdar, a district in the Balochistan province.
Rescuers transported the dead and injured to a nearby hospital. Police say it was unclear what caused the accident and officers were still investigating. Deadly accidents are common in Pakistan due to poor road infrastructure and disregard for traffic laws.
The driver lost control on a sharp turn and the bus overturned in Khuzdar, a local police official Hafeez Ullah Mengal said.
Rescuers transported the wounded to a hospital and they were in critical condition, police officer Umer Hayat told DPA news agency.
“The death toll may go up,” Hayat said.
Imran Ahmad, an official cited by the Associated Press, said driver negligence apparently caused the accident, but investigations were still under way.
One of the injured passengers also told AP that passengers had warned the driver to be more careful, adding that he was driving recklessly while enjoying music.
Ahmad said the bus was overcrowded and several pilgrims were also sitting on its roof.
“There is not a single passenger who does not have an injury because of the bus accident,” Ahmed told AP.
On Monday, two trains collided near Ghotki in Sindh due to which 65 people lost their lives while more than 150 got injured.
The Millat Express derailed and fell onto the track when the Sir Syed Express rammed into it in the early morning, railways officials said. The collision took place between the Raiti and Obaro railway stations.
According to railway officials, about 1,100 passengers were on board in the two trains.