Traffic accident kills 18 in western Afghanistan

Deadly accidents are common Afghanistan, such as this 2013 incident when a passenger bus hit a fuel tanker in Kandahar province, killing 45 people (AFP Photo/Noor Mohammad) (AFP/File)

At least 18 people were killed and three injured on Sunday when a minivan overturned in western Afghanistan, provincial officials said. The accident in the Bala Murghab district of Badghis province was due to the driver's "recklessness", said provincial governor's spokesman Mirwais Mirzakwal, who gave the casualty figure. Sharafudeen Majeedi, chief of staff in the governor's office, confirmed the death toll. The injured were taken to hospital by local people while police and a rescue team retrieved the bodies. Afghanistan has some of the world's most dangerous roads and deadly accidents are common. In April 2013 a bus hit a wrecked fuel tanker in the southern province of Kandahar, killing 45 people.