Lahore: Thirty-seven people were killed and
over 70 others injured when a bus carrying school students went off the road and fell into a ravine in Pakistan`s Punjab province Monday night, officials said.
The bus was carrying students of Millat Public Grammar
School of Faisalabad who were returning from an excursion to
Kalar Kahar, about 200 km from Lahore. The accident occurred
near Chakwal city.
A spokesman for the traffic police said the driver lost
control of the bus when he was negotiating a turn on the
motorway between federal capital Islamabad and Lahore. Senior
police officer Malik Ehsan said the accident occurred due to brake failure. Local media reports also blamed overloading and poor light for the accident.
Police and rescue service officials said 37 people, most
of them students, had died in the accident. Over 20 people
were seriously injured and some of them were taken to a
military hospital in Rawalpindi.
Though the bus had a capacity of 72, it was carrying 110
students and teachers in violation of traffic rules, police
said. This was one of the worst road accidents in years, they
The students had gone to Kalar Kahar and Khewra, two popular tourist destinations, for an excursion and a picnic.
The accident occurred when they were returning home. Local
residents said there had been several accidents in the same
area in the past.
Police and rescue workers had to cut the mangled wreckage
of the bus to pull out bodies and the injured. Officials said
an investigation would be carried out against the schools
management to ascertain why they violated rules by packing 110
students and teachers into the bus.