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Eight killed in Pakistan bus crash

Eight people were killed and 25 injured when a bus hit a packed rickshaw in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province on Sunday.

world Updated: Aug 31, 2008 16:51 IST
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Eight people were killed and 25 injured when a bus hit a packed rickshaw in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province on Sunday, the police said.

The accident occurred near the town of Muridke, some 40 km west of the provincial capital Lahore.

"Eight passengers, including two children below the age of two, died on the spot, while 25 others received multiple injuries," police officer Arshad Mehmood said.

Most of the injured passengers suffered fractures from the impact when the bus hit the bed of a dry watercourse after veering off the road.

According to the police, initial investigations suggested speeding and recklessness by the bus driver caused the accident.