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Twenty-one children among 24 killed in school bus crash in Pakistan

The van was carrying 30 students and two teachers

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ISLAMABAD -- A bus carrying schoolchildren crashed in Pakistan Wednesday, killing at least 24 people, most of them students, officials said.

The van was carrying 30 students and two teachers from Bright Future Private School in Daulatpur, Pakistan. The children had gone on a field trip and were returning to the school when their bus collided first with another bus, then was rammed by a large truck, the Associated Press of Pakistan reported.

The children, all between the ages of 12 and 14, died when the bus overturned on a motorway and plunged into a ditch while returning from a school trip. Another 47 pupils and teachers were seriously injured.

The accident happened in Kallar Kahar, around 100 miles east of the capital Islamabad, after the school party had visited a salt mine.

National Assembly member Faryal Talpur pledged a full investigation into the accident, adding anyone responsible would be prosecuted.

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