Wedding bus fire kills 11 in Pakistan
Eleven people died when a bus carrying a wedding party caught fire after hitting high-voltage power lines in southern Pakistan on Sunday, police said.
The bus was taking family members back to their village after a wedding party in the town of Dadu in the southern province of Sindh when it struck the power lines.
“The bus immediately caught fire after an iron box on its roof hit the high-tension wire, killing 11 people and injuring 14 others,” a senior local police official Irfan Baloch told AFP.
Four women and three children were among those killed.
Police and rescue officials along with local villagers struggled to save the injured from the fire, who were shifted to hospital.
Pakistan has an appalling record of fatal traffic accidents due to poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.
In January 62 people were killed when a bus collided with an oil tanker, starting a fierce blaze that left victims burnt beyond recognition.