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15 dead in Pakistan passenger van inferno

  • Published at 04:46 pm September 27th, 2020
Pakistan accident
A man looks on at the wreckage of a passenger van following an overnight accident in the Nooriabad area on September 26, 2020 AFP

The van was carrying passengers from Karachi to Hyderabad city

At least 15 people were killed when a passenger van travelling in southern Pakistan crashed and caught fire, officials said on Sunday. 

The van was carrying passengers from Karachi to Hyderabad city when it struck an object and careered off the road late Saturday.

"The death toll in the unfortunate accident has reached 15," Owais Shah, the transport minister of Sindh province, told AFP. 

Five other people were injured, three of them critically, he said.

Most of the bodies were burned beyond recognition, said Faisal Edhi, head of the non-profit Edhi Foundation which runs the morgue the bodies were taken to.

Investigators were looking to see if a natural gas cylinder aboard the bus had contributed to the inferno.

Such incidents occur frequently on Pakistan's roads, where speeding, dilapidated vehicles and badly maintained roads all contribute to the accident rate.

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