At least 17 people killed in bus crash in Pakistan

February 23, 2013 - 1:56:30 pm
PESHAWAR: At least 17 people were killed when a bus carrying a wedding party has veered off a narrow road and plunged into a canal in the country's northwest, Pakistani officials said here on Saturday.

Police officer Asif Sharif said today that 11 people were still missing since Friday's accident, near the city of Peshawar. He added that rescuers were still trying to recover the bodies of 11 missing people.

The dead included nine women and five children. Sharif said that all the victims were relatives of the bride, and were on way to the nearby city of Mardan when the bus ran off a road made slippery from rain.

Pakistan has one of the world’s worst records for traffic accidents.

Roads and vehicles in the country are poorly maintained and there is little respect for traffic rules.  (QNA)