25 killed in road accident in Pakistan
Islamabad: A coal-laden truck fell over a passenger van on Monday in Pakistan's Sindh province, killing at least 25 people, days after 27 people died when a speeding bus fell into a ravine in Punjab province.
The accident took place near Theri bypass in Khairpur area of Sindh province. Police said that early morning thick fog and careless driving were the main reasons for the deadly accident, which also injured four others.
According to officials, the van was en route to Sukkur from Khairpur when the incident took place near Theri bypass.
All the passengers in the van were labourers, Express Tribune reported.
Police and rescue officials said the death toll could rise as the some injured were in serious condition.
The heavily loaded truck with coal lost control while overtaking and fell on the van, which was on its way to Sukkur from Ranipur in Sindh, police said.
Road accidents are common in Pakistan. Most of them are caused by careless driving, bad roads and faulty vehicles.
At least 59 people were killed while 18 others were injured when a passenger bus collided head-on with a truck on the same Theri bypass in 2014. On November 9, a speeding bus carrying over 100 passengers fell into a ravine killing at least 27 people and injuring 69 others in Punjab province.