Pakistan: 25 feared dead as bus plunges into river

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Posted: May 27, 2011 8:33 AM
Pakistan: 25 feared dead as bus plunges into river

A bus slid off a mountain road and plunged 200 feet deep into a swollen river on Friday in northern Pakistan, and at least 25 people on board were believed to have died, police said.

The driver may have lost control of the bus as he tried to avoid a flock of sheep on the road in the Pakistani-controlled region of Kashmir, said police officer Farooq Ahmad.

Government official Ali Asghar said the Neelam River was in full flow because of glacial melt and there was little hope of finding survivors. He said police had estimated 25 people were on board, but the actual number could be higher.

The accident occurred some 60 miles (100 kilometers) from the regional capital of Muzaffarabad.

Poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving often lead to fatal bus accidents in Pakistan.