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Pakistan bus crash kills 16: officials

01:51 Sun Nov 25 2012
AAP

At least 16 people have been killed and 22 others injured when a passenger bus collided with a truck in a mountainous area of northwestern Pakistan.

The accident happened as the bus travelled from the port city of Karachi to the northwestern town of Swabi in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Saturday, officials say.

The driver lost control as he was overtaking a truck on a sharp bend when another bus appeared from the opposite direction, local administration chief Sajjad Khan told AFP.

"The driver tried to avert a collision with the bus and smashed into the lorry which he had been overtaking," Khan said quoting wounded passengers.

"At least 16 people were killed and 22 wounded, including women and children."

He said Ispeena in the Karak district, where the accident took place, was very dangerous with drivers going to fast.

"We have one or two fatal accidents every week because drivers while descending usually lose control," he said.

Pakistan has one of the world's worst records for fatal traffic accidents, blamed on poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.