Rescuers 1122 workers busy in work at site of accident. At least 26 passengers were killed and several others injured when a van collided with a truck – INP Photo

MULTAN: A passenger van crashed into a pick-up truck in Bahawalpur district Tuesday, killing 26 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.

Sohail Tajik, District Police Officer of Bahawalpur, told media that the accident took place at noon when a Hiace passenger van had a head-on collision with a truck on a highway in Bahawalpur, a private television channel reported.

An official told AFP that 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.

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muzammil ullah khan
October 30, 2012 5:26 pm
what can anyone do when the drivers drive recklessly. we can see this phenomenon every day on our roads. i travel frequently and every time i reach my destination safely i take a sigh of relief. the antics of wagon and bus driver can only be seen to be believed. the police merely collects eid donations etc and are least bothered about checking the mayhem on the roads. let's blame ourselves and our culture in which every one tries to prove that he is more macho then the next one !!
Humayun Bhatty
October 30, 2012 1:04 pm
Ahmed j
October 30, 2012 4:14 pm
Mainly the problem is with the traffic police. Why there are less accidents on Motorways than National highways. In my opinion it is enforcement of the law. It all depends on the quality of police officials.
Pappu Khan
October 31, 2012 3:17 am
think... think...think.....
October 30, 2012 1:36 pm
This is very tragic.The roads are not upto the mark, and over speeding is another serious concern with the vehicles which are old and not able to cope with high speed.Such old vehicles should be banned on coming on main highways so such incident should be avoided. but as you mentioned this will prove another kallar kahar like incident and after couple of weeks everyone will forget about it and this is most sad aspect of all this.
Rafique Sheikh
October 31, 2012 1:22 am
So sad to read this story from my hometown :-( I have traveled on those roads and have to say that the roads have been consistently getting better over time. I remember when there used to be open trenches on the road from Bahawalpur to Multan but now the road is fully paved and is one-way so this sort of thing should not happen. In most cases it is bad and reckless driving which is to blame. Drivers have a certain quota that they have to meet; they have to make a certain number of rounds within a day to earn the maximum amount. In doing so they take on high risk and play with not only their own lives but also with those of the poor passengers who cannot afford to drive on their own, so sad. As much as we want to blame everything on bad governance and what not ultimately people have to start taking responsibility for their own actions, that is the only way to change things in our country.
Riaz Murtaza
October 30, 2012 1:19 pm
Bad roads, reckless driving, very poorly maintained vehicles and corrupt traffic police is the big reason for such fatal accidents. Unfortunately the situation is not encouraging. The nation will keep suffering.
October 30, 2012 5:51 pm
Very tragic..
October 30, 2012 2:02 pm
Inna Lilla e Wa inna ilaihe Rajayoon.
Sajjad Hussain
October 30, 2012 5:50 pm
Bad roads and vehicles do contribute to road accidents but the basic cause is lack of driving skills. More than 90% of drivers have obtained licenses without having any driving test. Even literate persons do not have any inkling of traffic rules, let alone the drivers of public transport who in my opinion will fail any elementary test. Even if we, as a nation, take a decision to strictly implement the traffic laws, it will take us at least a decade to weed out the non-drivers from our roads.
Hash Brown
October 30, 2012 9:19 pm
how about overcrowding? 26 people in a mini van? many survived? were there more than 26 people OR all ocuupants died?
October 30, 2012 3:33 pm
Tragic accident but we are used to hear it, condole it and move on. 40-50 killings/deaths a day is a norm in this country of 190 million. Accountability or corrective actions, who cares. Human life is a cheap commodity here, unfortunately.
October 30, 2012 1:53 pm
those who are at the helm of affairs are least concerned with the loss of life.
October 30, 2012 11:52 am
such a sad news but it will be forgotten like other incidents like the one happened in kalar kahar that killed dozens of school children. we are a sorry nation.
October 30, 2012 5:14 pm
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