Road accident kills 21 in central Pakistan: police
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
MULTAN, Pakistan: A passenger van crashed into a pick-up truck in central Pakistan Tuesday, killing 21 people including women and children, police said.
The accident occurred at a busy highway intersection near Bahawalpur town, south of the central city of Multan.
"A van carrying 22 passengers on board collided head on with (a pick-up truck) with 15 people on board while negotiating a blind turn, killing 21 people," local police official IrshadHaiderBukhari told AFP.
He said those killed in the crash included 11 women and two children.
A senior doctor at Bahawal-Victoria Hospital, Muhammad IrshadChaudhry, confirmed the casualties.
Pakistan has one of the world's worst records for fatal traffic accidents, blamed on poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving. (AFP)