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Updated: 24th September 2019 23:11 World

Bus crash kills 25 in northwest Pakistan, after brakes fail

A bus crash on a mountainous road in northwest Pakistan has killed 25 passengers and injured 20 others.

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Vehicle bus rammed into hill on mountainous road

A victim of the bus accident is treated at a hospital in Chilas, northwest Pakistan on Sunday. (Muhammad Qasim/The Associated Press)

A bus crash on a mountainous road in northwest Pakistan on Sunday killed 25 passengers and injured 20 others, police said.

Abdul Wakil, a local police officer, said the accident happened in the Chilas district while the bus was en route from Skardu to the city of Rawalpindi.

Wakil said rescue efforts were facing difficulties in the remote mountainous terrain due to lack of needed equipment and resources.

Officials said the bus rammed into the side of a hill.

Such road accidents are common in Pakistan where motorists largely disregard traffic rules and safety standards on battered roads.

Last month, a speeding bus fell off a mountainous road into a river in the northwest, killing 24 passengers.

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