Islamabad–At least 27 people were killed and several other injured as a bus carrying pilgrims to a religious gathering plunged into a gorge in Attock district of Pakistan’s Punjab province in Pakistan, police confirmed on Thursday. The accident occurred near the capital Islamabad late on Wednesday night. Heavy smog which has reduced visibility on highways across Pakistan was blamed for the crash, police officials said.
Around 53 people were injured in the crash and were being cured at hospitals in the nearby city of Rawalpindi, rescue official Khurram Manzoor informed. The bus was reportedly carrying 82 passengers.
Bad road condition, poorly maintained transportation means and substandard traffic safety regulations are the causes of accidents and more than 5,000 killings in Pakistan every year, according to government data.
In last June, a fuel tanker overturned in eastern Pakistan and then caught fire when locals gathered around it to collect the oil, killing around 200 people. It was the deadliest accident in the nation’s record.