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35 killed in Pakistan multi-vehicle crash

A collision between two passenger buses and a petrol tanker has killed 35 people in southwest Pakistan, officials said, with many of the victims burning to death.

A bus travelling to Karachi collided with the tanker on Saturday morning in Gadani district on the coast of Baluchistan province, senior administration official Akber Haripal told AFP news agency.

“The bus and the tanker had a head-on collision and the oil tanker turned over, but the situation got worse when a second passenger bus coming from behind rammed into the first bus as it skidded on the oil spilled on the road,” he said.

The first bus then caught fire, he said, adding that 35 people were killed, most burning to death while trapped inside the bus, and 30 were injured. Amir Sultan, another senior administration official confirmed the incident and toll and said the dead bodies were “beyond recognition”.

“These passengers buses travelling between Baluchistan and Karachi have automatic hydraulic doors and their windows are sealed because the buses are air conditioned, so most of the passengers were trapped inside,” he said.

Sultan said the injured were being taken to Karachi after receiving first aid at a government-run medical dispensary because there was no hospital in the area.

Pakistan has one of the world’s worst records for fatal traffic accidents, blamed on poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

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