At least 14 killed, 64 wounded as bus falls into ravine near Kallar Kahar

Published February 20, 2023
The photo shows the ill-fated bus that fell into a ravine near Kallar Kahar on Monday. — DawnNewsTV
The photo shows the ill-fated bus that fell into a ravine near Kallar Kahar on Monday. — DawnNewsTV
The photo shows an overturned bus at the Lahore-Islamabad motorway near Kallar Kahar. — Photo by Wasim Riaz
The photo shows an overturned bus at the Lahore-Islamabad motorway near Kallar Kahar. — Photo by Wasim Riaz

At least 14 members of a wedding party, including women and children, were killed and 64 people were injured on Sunday night, after a bus fell into a ravine and overturned near Kallar Kahar.

This is the fourth major road accident reported from across Pakistan in less than two months.

According to rescue and police officials, 12 passengers passed away at the spot while two others expired at the hospital on Sunday. The driver of the bus was also killed in the fatal accident.

The injured persons have been taken to the Tehsil Headquarters Hospital, Kallar Kahar.

Chakwal Deputy Commissioner Quratulain Malik told Dawn.com that the wedding party was going back to Lahore from Islamabad.

“The vehicle was passing through a curved patch of the Islamabad-Lahore motorway when its brakes failed and the bus smashed into two cars coming from the opposite side,” she said.

“Six passengers received critical injuries and they were rushed to Rawalpindi,” the DC added.

Meanwhile, Dr Atique Ahmed, the district in charge of Rescue 1122, said a car was still stuck under the bus. “The bus was damaged to such an extent that we had to cut it to take out the injured persons and dead bodies,” he stated.

A case has been registered at the Kallar Kahar police station.

A police official, while talking to Dawn.com, said that the accident occurred on the dangerous patch of the motorway which passed through the hilly area of Salt Range near Kallar Kahar.

“Most accidents occur on this patch as it is curvy and sloppy,” he said, adding that drivers not accustomed to Islamabad-Lahore Motorway were prone to meet such fatal mishaps.

In a message after the accident was reported, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed sorrow and condoled the bereaved families of the deceased.

He also directed the authorities to provide the best medical facilities to the injured people and prayed for their speedy recovery.

National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durrani also expressed deep sorrow and regret over the tragic accident.

They prayed for the high ranks of the deceased and the speedy recovery of the wounded.

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