Pakistan bus crash kills 26 children, 2 teachers

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Posted: Sep 26, 2011 3:50 PM
Pakistan bus crash kills 26 children, 2 teachers

Police say at least 26 school children and two teachers have been killed in a bus accident in Pakistan.

The bus was returning from a school trip to a salt mine popular with tourists when it plunged into a ditch late Monday.

Police officer Irshad Hussein says 40 other people on the bus were injured.

The accident happened in Kalar Kahar, around 160 kilometers east of the capital Islamabad.

Pakistan has one of the worlds worst records for deadly traffic accidents, blamed on poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

At least seven children were killed in June when their bus fell into a canal in Pakistan-held Kashmir.