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Bus Crash in Sindh Kills 56

by AFP
File photo of an earlier car crash near Islamabad, 2012. Aamir Qureshi—AFP

File photo of an earlier car crash near Islamabad, 2012. Aamir Qureshi—AFP

At least 18 children among people killed after a collision between a passenger bus and a truck near Khairpur.

At least 56 people, including 18 children, were killed on Tuesday when a passenger bus collided head-on with a goods truck in Sindh, officials said.

The accident happened near the city of Khairpur. “The Karachi-bound passenger bus, which was coming from Swat, went on the wrong side of the road and collided head-on with a goods container, killing 56 people,” said senior local police official Nasir Aftab. He said 18 passengers were injured in the accident, adding that those killed in the crash included 17 women and 18 children.

A senior doctor at the Khairpur civil hospital confirmed the death toll and said the condition of three of the injured was critical.

Pakistan has an appalling record of fatal traffic accidents due to poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving. The emergency services’ recovery equipment is basic and when crashes happen away from major towns, as they often do, rescue efforts can take some time, reducing injured passengers’ chances of survival.

In April, a bus smashed into a tractor-trailer in a high speed collision in Sindh, killing 42 people, while in March a horrific crash between two buses and a petrol tanker left 35 dead, with many burned alive when the fuel ignited.

The mountainous areas of Kashmir and the north, where drivers careen around narrow hairpin bends over deep ravines with scant regard for safety, are particularly prone to accidents. Three crashes in the space of 10 days in March in Kashmir and the northwest left a total of 46 people dead.

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