Bus and petrol tanker crash kills at least 57 in Pakistan

Bus and petrol tanker crash kills at least 57 in Pakistan

At least 40 passengers have been killed and
scores injured after a bus on which they were travelling collided with a fuel tanker and
caught fire on a highway on the outskirts of Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi. The bus carrying around 55 people, including
women and children, was travelling from Karachi when the vehicles crashed head-on,
both immediately catching fire. At least four passengers escaped with minor
injuries after they jumped out of the bus windows. They tell me around 40 people have died here
so far. The Minister for Transport and I are present here on the accident site. We have
been informed that a physical counting process will ascertain the exact number. The bodies have been taken to a morgue in
Karachi. Rescue officials said many were beyond recognition. Pakistan has a bad road safety record, due
in part to poorly maintained roads and vehicles, as well as reckless driving. An average of
4,500 people have been killed in road accidents each year since 2011.

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