Islamabad: At least 22 people were killed and eight others injured on Wednesday after a bus carrying them fell into a ravine in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir (PcK), police said.
The accident occurred in the Sudhnoti district of the region when a passenger bus was going to Rawalpindi in Punjab province from the Baloch area of the district.
The bus apparently developed some technical fault and fell more than 500 meters down the road, killing 22 people, including women and children, they said.
Dawn newspaper reported that a roadside vendor nearby saw the accident and informed a prayer leader of the local village mosque over telephone about it.
The prayer leader then made announcements on the loudspeaker of the mosque, asking the villagers to rush to the accident site to aid in the rescue.
PcK is a mountainous region with treacherous roads. The carelessness of drivers and faulty vehicles combined with the road situation cause frequent accidents.
Four students and as many passengers were killed and 32 others injured in two road accidents in PcK's Poonch and Neelum districts last month.
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