20 killed in Pakistan road accident

Islamabad : Twenty people were killed and 13 others injured when a passenger van fell into a ditch in Pakistan’s Sindh province, local reports said on Friday.The accident took place late Thursday night in the Sehwan area near the main highway, reports Xinhua news agency.

Several ditches, including the one where the van fell, were created in the area two months ago to drain flood water.The highway remained closed during peak flood times and recently opened to the traffic after the flood water started receding from the area.

However, the police said the part of the highway where the accident happened was restricted and there was a diversion at the road, but the driver failed to notice the barricades due to overspeeding.

The injured people including women and children were shifted to a nearby hospital, and several of them are said to be in critical condition.The deceased and injured were relatives who were on the way to a shrine in Sehwan.



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