18 killed in road accident in Pakistan


Karachi: At least 18 people, including three of a family, returning from a wedding function were killed in a road accident in Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh early today, police and rescue officials said.

Another 30 people suffered injuries and have been hospitalised, they said.

The accident took place when a speeding trailer rammed into the bus in Hala area of Hyderabad district, the police said.

The bus had stopped along a national highway to change a deflated tyre when the trailer bumped into it from behind, they said.

The police said 18 people were killed in the accident.

The victims were all residents of Hyderabad and were returning from Sakrand, where they had gone to attend a wedding, the police said.

Officials at the Edhi ambulance service said that they shifted 30 injured to Hala and Hyderabad civil hospitals. Six people were critically injured.

According to reports, cranes were being used to lift the wreck as rescue officials fear that there could be more people trapped underneath it.

Road accidents are common in Pakistan. Most of them are caused due to reckless driving and bad roads.