Riyadh, 30 January 2023 (TDI): The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs today issued a statement expressing their deep sorrow and condolences for the tragedy of a bus that plunged into a river in Balochistan, resulting in the death of over 40 passengers.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia conveyed its sympathies to the victims’ families, the Pakistani government, and the people. The country hopes the injured recover quickly.

The Accident 

The accident occurred on Sunday in the Lasbela district of Balochistan. According to the officials, at least 41 individuals lost their lives while traveling in a passenger coach crash into a ravine

Assistant Commissioner Hamza Anjum stated that the vehicle transported about 48 people from Quetta to Karachi. “While doing a U-turn at Lasbela, the coach struck a bridge post due to speeding. After that, the automobile crashed into a ravine and caught fire.

The official added that three individuals, including a mother and a kid, were saved alive. One victim of the injuries died en route to the hospital.

The official expressed fears that the death toll would rise much further. He claimed that DNA testing would be required to identify the deceased. It is impossible to positively identify any of the bodies retrieved from the bus accident.

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Global Status Report on Road Safety

The World Health Organization‘s most current Global Status Report on Road Safety, published in 2018, estimates 23 traffic fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants in Pakistan.

The report also notes that the nation’s roads could be in better condition and that there are few laws enforcing traffic safety requirements.

At least 22 people died earlier this year when a passenger vehicle crashed down a ravine close to the Qila Saifullah area of Balochistan province, including nine members of the same family.