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A Pakistani rescue team work on the wreckage of a deadly accident involving two buses, in Khanpur, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. Pakistani officials say the death toll from a head-on collision of two passenger buses in central Pakistan is over two dozen. They say tens of people were injured in the crash, many of whom remain in critical condition. Police say speeding seems to have been the cause of the accident, which occurred on a dangerous curve in Rahim Yar Khan district. (AP Photo/Waleed Saddique)

25 were killed when two buses collided head-on in central Pakistan


At least 25 people were killed and 69 were injured when two passenger buses collided head-on in central Pakistan on Monday. 

 The crash happened on a dangerous curve in Khanpur, which is a city located in the Rahim Yar Khan district. 

Police official Jamshid Shah said the crash was likely caused by speeding. 

We have declared an emergency. We desperately need blood.
Dr. Tasleem Kamran

Several children, college students and women were among the victims. 

Shah said police had to use cutters to retrieve the bodies of some of the victims who were trapped inside the two buses. 

Nearly 40 people remain in critical condition, according to Dr. Tasleem Kamran. 

We thought some bomb had exploded.
Waqar Ahmad, a local resident

Before rescuers arrived on the scene, townspeople heard the sound of the crash and rushed to pull victims out of the wreckage. 

Jamila Bibi, who was on one of the buses taking her 9-year-old son to school said the driver of her bus was reckless. 

Bibi explained that passengers asked the driver to slow down, but he didn't listen to anyone. 

She added that the bus driver told passengers that anyone who was scared could get off the bus. 

Bibi suffered only minor injuries, but her some is fighting for his life. 

Crashes like this are common in Pakistan and are often due to the poor road infrastructure and reckless driving. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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