At least 24 people, including women and children, were killed after a passenger bus fell into a ravine in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Saturday, police said.

According to reports, the incident took place when the bus, carrying 35 passengers was going to Kandia from Bagru of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Ahsanul Haq, the chief civil defence warden said, “All 24 people belonging to the same tribe drowned when a bridge collapsed and the jeep they were travelling in plunged into a stream”.

The incident happened because the bridge, which was in a dilapidated condition, could not bear the burden of the heavily loaded bus, Haq added.

It was learnt that all the passengers belonged to the same family and were en route to attend a function.

The cause of the accident is being investigated.