16 persons have been confirmed dead after a truck crashed into a parked bus in southern Pakistan, Monday, in the latest fatal collision on the country’s notoriously dangerous roads.
The long haul truck slammed into the back of the bus, which was on stopped on the side of the highway with a flat tyre near the southern city of Hyderabad.
Several passengers were on the side of the road during the incident as the driver sought help to change the tyre, while others were waiting inside the vehicle.
“The women and children still in the bus suffered the brunt of the collision,” local police officer Zahid Ali Shah told AFP.
Eight people were injured in the collision.
“It seems to be an incident of reckless driving,” Shah said, adding the truck driver fled the scene of the crash.
Pakistan has one of the world’s worst records for fatal traffic accidents, many of them blamed on poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.