• A bus crash in northern Pakistan killed at least 15 people and left more than 20 seriously injured, police say.
  • The bus was traveling to Hunza on the Karakoram Highway when it lost control and plunged into a ravine.
  • Hunza, a popular tourist destination, is connected to Pakistan and China by the mountainous Karakoram Highway.

A bus plunged into a rocky ravine in northern Pakistan on Friday after its driver lost control, killing at least 15 people and seriously injuring more than 20 others, police said.

The bus was traveling to Hunza on the Karakoram Highway in Gilgit-Baltistan’s Diamer district when the accident occurred, senior police officer Fayaz Ahmed said.

The mountainous highway connects Pakistan with China. Hunza is a popular tourist destination, especially in the warmer months.

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Pictures from local media showed the twisted wreckage of an orange bus at the bottom of a rocky ravine near a riverbank.

Pakistani Flag

A large Pakistani flag is seen draped over the side of a building in Lahore, Pakistan. A bus plunged into a rocky ravine in northern Pakistan on Friday after its driver lost control, killing at least 15 people and seriously injuring more than 20 others, police said. (ARIF ALI/AFP via Getty Images)

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi expressed sorrow over the accident and prayed for the swift recovery of the injured.

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Road accidents are common in Pakistan, where motorists often ignore traffic rules and safety standards on battered roads, particularly in rugged areas.

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