Pakistan police say 17 killed in bus crash

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 February, 2013, 6:15pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 February, 2013, 6:20pm

Pakistani officials say a bus carrying a wedding party has veered off a narrow road and plunged into a canal in the country’s northwest, killing at least 17.

Police officer Asif Sharif said on Saturday 11 people were still missing since Friday’s accident, near the city of Peshawar.

The dead included nine women and five children.

Sharif says all the victims were relatives of the bride, and were on way to the nearby city of Mardan when the bus ran off a road made slippery from rain.

He says rescuers were still trying to recover the bodies of 11 missing people.

Pakistan has one of the world’s worst records for traffic accidents. Roads and vehicles in the country are poorly maintained, and there is little respect for traffic rules.



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