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Police say 16 killed in Pakistani truck accident

May 27, 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A truck veered off a narrow road and fell into the Swat River in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing 16 members of an extended family, police said.

The accident occurred near the village of Peshman, 250 kilometers (150 miles) northeast of Peshawar, capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, local police officer Khursheed Khan said.

He said five women and 10 children were among the dead, and some people were still missing and that a search was being carried out.

Khan said all the dead belonged to an extended family and they were going to the northwestern valley of Kalam from eastern Punjab province.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known, and Khan said police were still investigating.

Pakistan has one of the world’s worst traffic accident records. Roads and vehicles are poorly maintained, and there is little respect for traffic rules.

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