Afghanistan bus crash leaves at least 24 dead

Officials say passenger bus plunged into ravine in Afghanistan leaving at least 24 dead

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

Officials say passenger bus plunged into a ravine in Afghanistan, at least 24 dead

A passenger bus crashed on Friday into a ravine after a head-on collision with a truck, deadly accident has left at least 24 people dead, including women and children.

The accident occured on a major highway in the Samangan province.

"The crash happened when the bus carrying more than 50 passengers was travelling from Kabul to Mazar-i-Sharif," said Sarajuddin Fitrat, the governor of Hazrat Sultan district.

"Twenty four people were killed and 17 others were injured," he said.

Also, Defence Ministry in Kabul gave a different and a higher death toll, they said 43 people died in the accident.

While police and rescue teams tried to recover the bodies, some injured were rushed to hospital.

Deadly road accidents are very common in Afghanistan, in order to prevent some of these deadly accidents, the World Bank in November signed off on a $250 million grant.

TRTWorld and agencies