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Bus Crashes In Pakistan, Killing 33 People and Injuring 40


Rescuers work at the site of a bus accident near Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab Province on July 19.

Pakistani authorities say a passenger bus rammed into a container truck in the center of the country on July 19, killing at least 33 people and injuring 40 others.

The bus was traveling from the industrial city of Sialkot to Dera Ghazi Khan in the province of Punjab, police said.

Most of the dead and injured were workers who were returning home to celebrate with their families for the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Some of the injured were said to be in critical condition.

The investigation into the cause of the accident was still under way.

Deadly road accidents are common in Pakistan due to bad roads, poorly maintained vehicles, and disregard for traffic laws, leading to thousands of deaths every year.

Based on reporting by dpa, AP, and RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

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