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A bus carrying dozens of pilgrims plunged into a ravine in southwest Pakistan yesterday, killing no fewer than 18 passengers, Africa Daily News, New York reports.
The accident happened before dawn in a remote district in Balochistan province.
‘A bus carrying 59 pilgrims was returning… (after) the conclusion of a religious ceremony at a local shrine when it plunged into a ravine, killing 18 people and wounding 41 others,’ senior local government official Bashir Bazai told reporters.
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According to Bazai, the driver was speeding and lost control.
Officials with the local tribal police, who have a checkpost near the scene, and local health officer Sumar Khan also confirmed the crash and casualties.
Pakistan has a poor road safety record due to substandard roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.
The accident came days after more than 60 people died when a high-speed train knifed through carriages of another service that had derailed minutes earlier in Sindh province.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK