Road accident kills 25 passengers in Pakistan

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Family members of a victim of a bus accident cry at a local hospital in Kahuta, near Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Monday, June 4, 2012. The bus carrying a wedding party into a ditch in Kahuta, killing 20 people, a government health official said. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

KAHUTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani officials say a bus carrying a wedding party plunged into a ditch in the country's north, killing 25 people.

Local official Mohammad Zia said the bus was carrying about 100 people back from a wedding ceremony in Kahuta, which is about 70 kilometers (40 miles) southeast of the capital of Islamabad, late Sunday night.

The official said dozens more on the bus were also injured and taken to the hospital in Kahuta.

A news release from the president's office put the death toll at 25.

Pakistan has one of the world's worst records for deadly traffic accidents. Roads and vehicles are poorly maintained, and there is little respect for traffic rules.