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7 killed, 80 injured in road accident in central Pakistan

(Xinhua)

11:00, August 29, 2012

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- At least seven people were killed and some 80 others injured in a head-on collision between two buses on the Indus Highway in Pakistan's central district of Dera Ghazi Khan early Wednesday morning, reported local Urdu TV channel Dunya.

At least eight people were critically wounded in the accident, said the report, adding that the death toll may further rise.

The critically injured people have been shifted to a hospital in the neighbouring city of Multan, a city lying some 80 kilometers northeast of Dera Ghazi Khan, said rescue workers.

The accident took place at about 00: 30 a.m. local time when two fully packed buses moving in opposite direction hit each other on the Indus Highway near the Kara area of Dera Ghazi Khan, a district in Punjab Province.

One bus was heading for the country's southern port city of Karachi and another was heading for the northern city of Rawalpindi, said local reports. But some reports said that the ultimate destination for the bus moving towards the north was Peshawar, capital city of Khyber Paktunkhwa Province in northwest Pakistan.

The cause of the accident and other details are not available at this point.

Wednesday morning's accident in Dera Ghazi Khan is the second serious accident of its kind that happened within the last 12 hours in the country. On Tuesday night, at about 7:00 p.m. local time, a passenger van carrying an estimated 40 people slipped into a river while travelling on a flooded road in Pakistan's northern Kashmir region, leaving nine people dead and six to eight people still missing.

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