MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) _ A speeding bus collided with a pickup truck near the Somali capital on Friday, killing 16 people and injuring 14 others, witnesses said.

Most of the victims were in a pickup truck that was carrying both passengers and cargo near Bar-Haraf, 8 miles south of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, witnesses said.

Residents rushed to the scene to help some of the injured trapped under the vehicles and cargo.

The victims were immediately rushed aboard minibuses to the main hospital in Mogadishu for treatment.

Five of the wounded were in critical condition, said Dr. Shiekh-doon Salad Ilmi, director of the Madina Hospital.

The accident is believed to be one of the worst around Mogadishu since opposition leaders ousted dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991. The warlords then turned on each other, transforming this nation of 7 million into a patchwork of battling fiefdoms ruled by heavily armed militias.