Eight people died and five injured in Pakistan

Eight people died and five suffered injuries Thursday when a van slammed into a parked truck in southern Pakistan, police said.

The van driver lost control because a tire burst, causing him to smash into the other vehicle parked on a road near Manjhan, a town about 210 kilometers (130 miles) east of the southern city of Karachi, local police official Farid Jan said.

The accident killed the driver and seven passengers, a woman, her five sons and a granddaughter, while four others from the same family were injured, Jan said.

Five of them died at the scene and the other three succumbed to their injuries in a hospital, Jan said.

No one was in the stationary truck at the time of the accident, but a man cleaning the vehicle was also injured.

No details were available on the conditions of the wounded.

Fatal road accidents are common in Pakistan where drivers frequently violate traffic rules and enforcement is lax. Public transport drivers are often inadequately trained and they work long hours, reports the AP.

I.L.