Ten drown in sewage in Karachi road accident
20 February, 2014
KARACHI: At least ten women and children drowned on Wednesday in a sewage ravine after they were thrown from a speeding truck in Karachi, officials said.
At least 12 people, including six children and six women, fell into the Lyari river, which serves a sewage outlet for the populous city, when the vehicle hit a side railing on the expressway. The victims died after swallowing sewage water and mud.
"We received ten bodies of children and women and most of them died of suffocation," said doctor Aftab Chunnar, the senior medical officer at the government Civil Hospital. Two children and two women were in critical condition at the hospital, he said.
Pakistan has one of the world's worst records for fatal traffic accidents, blamed on poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.