Van crash kills 22 in Pakistan: officials...

Van crash kills 22 in Pakistan: officials

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 06:21 PM, 8 June 2022  



At least 22 people were killed when a passenger van plunged into a deep ravine in southwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, officials said.

The South Asian country has an appalling record of fatal road and rail accidents due to poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

The only survivor of the crash – a 13-year-old boy – was taken to a hospital in a critical condition, said Muhammad Qasim, a senior government official in the Qila Saifullah district of Balochistan province where the accident happened.

“The driver was speeding and broke through a protective wall at a bend in the road, falling hundreds of feet into the ravine,” said Qasim.

Four children aged between three and nine were among those killed, he added.

Muhammad Younus, from the provincial disaster management authority, confirmed the incident and its details. – AFP