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Road accident kills 26 near Bahawalpur town: police

October 30, 2012

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.