Thu, 29 Oct 2020

Pakistani police say 15 people were killed, including children, after a passenger van overturned and caught fire on a highway.

The accident occurred outside the port city of Karachi late on September 26.

Police said the van, carrying 25 passengers, fell in a ditch after it was struck by an object from another vehicle and burst into flames after its fuel tank leaked.

Rescuers recovered 15 charred bodies, including at least three children, while 10 people were pulled out alive, including a 1-year-old.

Such accidents are common in Pakistan, particularly in the mountainous north, due to careless driving, poorly maintained vehicles, and a lack of adequate infrastructure.

Some 9,000 road accidents are reported in the country every year, killing around 4,000 people, according to official statistics.

Based on reporting by dpa and Geo TV

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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