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MULTAN: A passenger van crashed into a pick-up truck in central Pakistan yesterday, killing 21 people including women and children, police told reporters.
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.”
The van was negotiating a blind turn, killing 21 people,” local police official Irshad Haider Bukhari told reporters.
He said those killed in the crash included 11 women and two children.
A senior doctor at Bahawal-Victoria Hospital, Muhammad Irshad Chaudhry, 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.