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Bus crash kills 22 in northwest Pakistan, after brakes fail

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By the Associated Press 

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani police say a bus has rammed into a hill after it breaks failed on a mountainous road, killing 22 passengers and injuring 15 in the country’s northwest.

A victim in a bus accident is treated at a hospital in Chilas, northwest Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. Pakistani police say a bus has rammed into a hill after it breaks failed on a mountainous road, killing some passengers and injuring more than a dozen in the country's northwest. (AP Photo/Muhammad Qasim / MANILA BULLETIN)

A victim in a bus accident is treated at a hospital in Chilas, northwest Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. Pakistani police say a bus has rammed into a hill after it breaks failed on a mountainous road, killing some passengers and injuring more than a dozen in the country’s northwest. (AP Photo/Muhammad Qasim / MANILA BULLETIN)

Officer Abdul Wakil says the accident happened Sunday in the Chilas distract, on the bus’ route from Skardu to the city of Rawalpindi.

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

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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