19 killed as bus falls into ravine in northern Pakistan

PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN (AP) — A passenger bus tumbled off a winding mountainous road and into a ravine in northern Pakistan yesterday, killing at least 19 people and injuring several others, a government spokesman said.

The cause of the accident was unclear, and rescue workers were still working at the scene recovering the injured and the dead and taking them to a nearby hospital, said spokesman for the Gilgit Baltistan region Faiz Ullah Faraq.

Such accidents are common in Pakistan, mainly due to insufficient enforcement of safety standards and poor infrastructure, particularly on battered mountain roads.

Faraq said the bus had been headed to the town of Skardu in the Gilgit Baltistan region from the garrison city of Rawalpindi. He gave no further details.