41 Die as Flood Sweeps Truck Into River

From Times Wire Services

A flash flood washed a tractor-trailer carrying pilgrims from a Muslim shrine off a road and into a fast-flowing river in central Pakistan, killing at least 41 people, police said.

The torrent of water hit the truck late Friday as it crossed a riverbed near Dera Ghazi Khan, 50 miles west of Multan, said Mohammed Yousaf of the military police.

Yousaf said rescuers recovered 41 bodies; 28 passengers managed to swim ashore. Another military police official and state television reported that 50 people died. The reason for the discrepancy wasn’t clear.