At least 25 people were killed and over 40 others injured today when a bus
overturned after hitting a roadside electricity pylon in Pakistan's Punjab
The accident occurred near Sheikhupura city early this morning while the bus was
going from Lahore to Faisalabad.
Karamat Ali, an official of the state-run rescue service, told PTI that
several women were among the dead.
Ali said a passenger told rescue workers that the bus hit an electricity pole
after the driver fell asleep at the wheel.
Police officials said the bus was speeding at the time of the accident. Local
residents and rescue teams took the injured to a hospital in Sheikhupura.
Some bodies could be removed only after the mangled metal of the bus was cut,
rescue officials said.
Road accidents are common in Pakistan because of poor infrastructure and
disregard of traffic laws.
Twenty-four people were killed on March 16 when a bus carrying soldiers fell
into a ravine in northern Pakistan.