ISLAMABAD – At least 27 people were killed and another 13 injured when a bus caught fire after crashing into a truck in southern Pakistan, officials said on Tuesday.
The accident occurred on Monday evening in the city of Lasbela when a tyre on the bus burst causing the driver to lose control and crash into the truck, local police spokesperson Mohamed Ramzan told EFE.
The fuel tank of the bus broke open, triggering a fire that killed those who could not exit the bus as the door was blocked due to the bus having overturned.
“A total of 27 passenger have died including nine children while 13 others are injured,” Ramzan added.
Pakistan has one of the highest traffic accident rates in the world owing to poor infrastructure and ill-maintained and overcrowded vehicles.
On June 25, 2017, at least 180 people were killed when a tanker, carrying gasoline, overturned in the eastern part of the country.
In January 2015, 62 people were burned to death when a bus collided with another gasoline tanker in southern Pakistan.