October 17, 2016 – Police say a crash involving two buses in central Pakistan, which has left 25 people dead, may have been caused by speed.
Two passenger buses have collided head-on in central Pakistan, killing 25 people and injuring 69.
The accident, which happened on a dangerous curve in Khanpur town in Rahim Yar Khan district, was likely caused by speeding, said police official Jamshid Shah.
Several children, college students and women were among the victims, Shah said. He said police and rescue officials were using cutters to retrieve bodies trapped inside the two buses.
Government hospital doctor Tasleem Kamran said nearly 40 injured were reported to be in critical condition.
“We have declared an emergency. We desperately need blood,” she said.
Local TV footage showed ambulances and rescue officials rushing the injured persons to hospitals.
Before the rescuers and police arrived, resident Waqar Ahmad said townspeople, who heard the sound of the crash, arrived at the scene and started pulling the victims from the wreckage.
“We thought some bomb had exploded,” Ahmad said.