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Mangled:A policeman stands near the damaged bus in Sukkur on Sunday. —PHOTO: Reuters
Mangled:A policeman stands near the damaged bus in Sukkur on Sunday. —PHOTO: Reuters

A speeding passenger bus smashed into a tractor-trailer in southern Pakistan on Sunday, killing 42 people including 14 children and injuring more than a dozen others with many in critical condition, police said.

Several passengers were trapped inside the pink bus that was left badly mangled after the high-speed crash in the town of Sukkur, 425 km north of Karachi in the province of Sindh.

Pried out

Excavators were used to pull the tractor-trailer from the bus, as rescuers struggled to pull out the stranded passengers.

A senior police official said the speeding bus was trying to overtake the tractor-trailer when it veered out of control. The dead included 14 children and 13 women, said another senior police officer, who confirmed that overspeeding on the part of the bus was the cause of the accident. — AFP


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