Bus crash kills 22 in Pakistani Kashmir

The driver lost control while overtaking a car and the bus fell into Jhelum river

At least 22 people were killed on Thursday when a passenger bus plunged into a river in Pakistani-administered Kashmir, officials said.

The accident took place in Garhi Dupatta village, 22km east of regional capital Muzaffarabad, said senior local administration official administrator Chaudhry Imtiaz.

"Rescue teams have recovered 22 bodies from the river," Imtiaz said.

The driver lost control of the bus while overtaking a car and fell in the flooded Jhelum river, he said.

A senior police official, Musa Khan, confirmed the casualties and said divers were still searching for the remaining bodies.

Pakistan has one of the world's worst records for fatal traffic accidents, blamed on poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

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