28 people dead, 22 injured when a Quetta-bound bus crashes into a gorge in Washuk, Balochistan – Pakistan

Authorities said at least 28 people were killed and at least 22 injured after a bus plunged into a gorge in Washuk, Balochistan, on Wednesday.

I am talking with Dawn.comAssistant Commissioner (AC) Basima Ismail Mengal said the accident occurred due to a tire burst due to which the bus fell into a gorge.

AC Mengal said the dead also included three women and three children.

He noted that the bus carrying 45-50 passengers was traveling from Turbat to Quetta at night and the accident occurred around 5 am.

The condition of some of the injured is critical, and the authorities fear that this may result in an increase in the death toll.

The bodies and injured were taken to Basima Civil Hospital, where another 22 people died of their injuries.

Of the 28 injured, nine were shifted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Khuzdar in critical condition. The Pakistan Army was asked to helicopter four other critically ill passengers to Quetta for transfer to a trauma center.

The remaining 17 are under medical care at Washik hospitals.

Due to the lack of mobile network at the site of the incident and the lack of residents nearby, Levies authorities received information with a delay. However, AC Mengal said emergency services reached the scene immediately after receiving the news.

According to AC, most of the dead have not yet been identified. The bodies of the deceased have been shifted to hospital and Gwadar administration/officials are being asked to identify them.

Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Sarfraz Bugti expressed deep grief and sadness over the loss of life. He also expressed his condolences to the families of those who died in the accident.

The CM directed to provide the injured with best medical care and prayed for their speedy recovery.

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