At least 20 people were killed while 10 others were injured after a passenger bus plunged into a ravine in Balochistan’s Zhob district on Sunday morning, officials said.
The bus, which was carrying more than 30 passengers, was travelling from Islamabad to Quetta. Television footage showed rescue workers assisting bloodied passengers, while in another scene, the wreckage could be seen.
Sherani Assistant Commissioner Mehtab Shah said the incident occurred near Dhana Sar. He said that accident took place due to over speeding.
Rescue teams rushed to the scene soon after receiving information, Shah said, adding that the bodies had been taken to a hospital where they were being identified.
Medical superintendent of Civil Hospital Zhob, Dr Noorul Haq, said that the injured being brought to the facility were in critical condition. He said that the death toll was expected to rise.
Meanwhile, Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo expressed grief over the lives lost in the incident. He also expressed his sincere condolences to the families of the victims.
The chief minister directed Rescue 1122 and the Zhob administration to reach the scene and begin relief work.
Last month, 22 people were killed, including nine members of a family, when a passenger van fell into a ravine near Qila Saifullah district of northern Balochistan. The van, carrying 23 passengers, was en route to Zhob from Loralai, when it fell into the 200-foot-deep ravine in Akhtarzai area.