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19 killed, over 40 injured in bus collision in Pakistan

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Photo shows an accident between a bus (R) and a trailer in the town of Sukkur April 20, 2014 in which 41 people were killed. According to Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, says about 9,000 road accidents are reported every year since 2011. Reuters

ISLAMABAD (Xinhua) – At least 19 people were killed and 40 others injured in a head-on collision between two passengers buses in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province on Sunday night.

The accident happened at Multan road near the Ghazi Ghat area of Dera Ghazi Khan, a district in Punjab province.

One of the passenger buses was a total wreck, reported local TV channel ARY News, adding that the parts of the bus had to be cut to retrieve the bodies of the dead and the injured.

A hospital official said that the death toll might rise further as several injured were in critical condition.

Police said the accident happened as one of the buses was speeding. The driver is expected to be charged for negligence.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, expressing grief over the accident, has directed hospital authorities to provide the best medical treatment to the injured passengers.

According to official data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, around 9,000 road accidents are reported every year since 2011, killing more than 4,500 people on average annually.

Traffic police said that 90 percent of the accidents in Pakistan are caused by human error.

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