At least 28 people died after a bus fell into a ravine in Pakistan’s Baluchistan | News

The bus from the southern Balochistan city of Turbat was heading towards the provincial capital Quetta.

Islamabad, Pakistan – At least 28 people died in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province after the bus they were traveling in fell into a ravine, officials say.

The bus from the southern Balochistan city of Turbat was heading towards the provincial capital Quetta, about 750 km (466 miles) north, when it crashed in the mountainous region early Wednesday morning.

Noorullah Essazai, a government health official in Washuk district where the incident occurred, confirmed the death toll to Al Jazeera, adding that a total of 54 passengers were on the bus.

He added that some of the survivors suffered serious injuries and were being treated at a local hospital.

“We have eight to 10 seriously injured patients and we are preparing to send them to Quetta by helicopter, while several others will be taken to a hospital in Khuzdar,” Essazai said, referring to a town 120 km (75 miles) away.

Muhammad Ismail, a government official in Washuk, said the bus went over a bridge and fell into a rocky gorge. The bus driver was among the dead.

In a statement, Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed condolences over the incident and directed authorities to help the injured.

“We join the bereaved families in this difficult time and express our sincere sympathy to them,” said a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.

In another statement, Balochistan Prime Minister Sarfraz Bugti expressed his sadness over the loss of life.

“We sympathize with the families who lost their loved ones. We will provide medical care to those injured in an accident at the earliest,” the statement said.

Road accidents are common in Pakistan, mainly in the mountainous regions of Balochistan and the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Earlier this month, at least 20 people were killed and dozens of others injured when a passenger bus plunged down a gorge in the country’s northern Gilgit-Baltistan region.