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Bus crash in Pakistan kills 26 children, two teachers

Associated Press / September 27, 2011

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ISLAMABAD - At least 26 schoolchildren and two teachers were killed in a bus accident in Pakistan yesterday, police said.

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

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

The bus was carrying more than 100 people, including several teachers and school officials.

The accident happened in Kalar Kahar, about 80 miles east of the capital Islamabad.

Preliminary investigation indicated that the vehicle’s brakes had failed, according to local news reports.

Pakistan has one of the world’s 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.

Yesterday’s accident was one of two deadly bus crashes in the region.

In southern Afghanistan, a bus collided with a minivan just outside Kandahar city, killing eight people and wounding more than a dozen others, police said. top stories on Twitter

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