Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Never ride on a bus through the mountains in BFE

Back some years ago at LGF I learned about the phenomenon of the bus plunge.  Bus plunge is the term universally applied to all deadly accidents involving buses full of people in poor areas of the world that for one reason or another drive off of a mountain road and plunge down into a ravine killing dozens.

Really, you can search the term "bus plunge" in Google News and see for yourself.  Here are the stories today..

Pakistan bus plunge kills 15 pilgrims

QUETTA, Pakistan — At least 15 people were killed and 20 more injured on Sunday when a passenger bus plunged into a deep ravine in southwestern Pakistan, officials said.

The bus was carrying pilgrims from the shrine of Sufi saint Shah Noorani, and fell into the ravine in Lasbella district -- some 700 kilometres (430 miles) south of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province -- as it tried to negotiate a sharp turn on a hill road. 
Death toll rises to 7 in mini-bus plunge accident in China
(Xinhua) -- Death toll has risen to seven in a mini-bus plunge accident in southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, after a child passenger died in hospital, local authorities said Wednesday.

An initial police investigation found that the 18-seat bus was loaded with 26 passengers including three children when the accident happened at 2:35 p.m. Tuesday in Liucheng County.

The bus glided backward after the driver stopped the bus to avoid a car on a slopping mountain road section. It rolled down a ravine of 54 meters deep.

12 dead in Himachal bus plunge

Shimla : At least twelve people were killed and four others are missing when a bus rolled down a hill and fell into a river in Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba district on Wednesday,police said.

“Twelve bodies have been fished out of the river and search is on for four other bodies downstream.One person is injured,” said Chandu Ram Thakur, a senior official on phone from Tissa.
There are new stories every few days.  All I can say is that I hope I never have to rely on a bus to get me anywhere in the undeveloped world.  And speaking of buses with a Detroit connection, here is a funny video some student made to an I.C.P song "The Little Yellow Bus".  Scoop us up, c'mon and scoop us up say the Juggalos.


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