Afghan bus crash: At least 14 dead, 40 injured

PTI Kabul, Afghanistan Dec 18, 2016, 10.31 AM(IST)

Representative image: Pakistani security personnel chat with a truck driver carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan returning from Pakistan's Torkham border crossing after Pakistani authorities shut vital NATO supply routes on November 28, 2 Photograph:( Getty )

An Afghan official says that at least 14 Afghans have been killed after a civilian bus hit a fuel tanker on the main highway in western Afghanistan.

Mohammad Naser Mehri, spokesman for the provincial governor in Farah province, said Sunday that more than 40 others were wounded in the accident.

The bus was on its way from western Herat toward the capital, Kabul, when the accident took place, Mehri said, adding around a dozen of the wounded are in critical condition.

Traffic accidents are not unusual in Afghanistan; annually hundreds of people die in traffic accidents on highways across the country mostly as the result of unpaved roads, high speeds and carelessness while driving.