Bus crash in southern Pakistan kills at least 41

Jan 29 (Reuters) – More than 40 people were killed after a bus fell into a ravine and caught fire in Pakistan’s Balochistan province on Sunday, officials said.

Forty-one bodies were found in the wreckage, some burned beyond recognition, district police officer Israr Umrani told Reuters.

The bus carrying around 48 people crashed on its way from Balochistan’s capital, Quetta, to the southern city of Karachi, officials said.

Dozens of people roamed the wreckage, footage shared by the Edhi Foundation relief and emergency response organization showed, and paramedics carried a corpse out of the rubble.

Deputy Commissioner Hamza Anjum of Lasbela, a district in Balochistan, told the Dawn newspaper that the vehicle crashed into a bridge, causing it to fall into a ravine and catch fire.

Fatal road accidents are common in Pakistan, where traffic rules are rarely obeyed and roads in many rural areas are in poor condition.

At least 22 people were killed in June, including nine family members when a van fell into a deep ravine in Balochistan.

Reporting by Charlotte Greenfield; Editing by William Mallard

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