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Bus Crash in Pakistan Kills 12

June 1, 2001

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KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) _ A passenger bus slammed into a parked oil tanker on a highway shoulder in southern Pakistan Friday, killing 12 people and injuring 35, police said.

The crash occurred about 50 miles north of the southern port city of Karachi.

The cause was not immediately known. But Munir Ahmed, a passenger who lost six of his relatives in the crash, said the driver had driven through the night and was ``sleepy.″

``He was driving recklessly,″ a tearful Ahmed said at a Karachi hospital where he was being treated for minor cuts and bruises. He said his wife, son and brother were killed.

Muntazir Haider, an official at Karachi’s Abbasi Shaheed hospital, confirmed the death toll.

The bus had been traveling from the town of Larkana in southern Sindh province to Karachi, the province’s capital. It was carrying about 70 passengers, police said.

The parked oil tanker was empty and no fire was reported following the collision.

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