27 burned to death in Pakistan bus crash: police

Other News Materials 30 September 2008 08:42 (UTC +04:00)

At least 27 people were burned to death and about a dozen others were missing after a bus collided with an oil tanker in central Pakistan, police said Tuesday.

The crash happened in the central city of Muzaffargarh as the bus was travelling from the southern port city of Karachi to the northern garrison town of Rawalpindi, police official Mohammad Salim Bukhari said.

"This bus collided head-on with an oil tanker after which it overturned and caught fire. We have retrieved 27 bodies from the wreckage of the burning bus," Bukhari told AFP.

Another seven people were wounded, including the bus conductor, he said. Police were obtaining the passenger list from the bus company in Karachi but initial information suggested there were 46 people on board.

Pakistan has the world's third-highest death rate from road accidents, blamed on poor roads and reckless driving.