updated 11/26/2006 5:03:44 AM ET 2006-11-26T10:03:44

A passenger van veered off the road and plunged into a canal in eastern Pakistan on Sunday, killing 10 people, police said.

The van was crowded with villagers heading to the market town of Taunsa, about 60 miles west of Multan, a major city in the Punjab province, police officer Khadim Hussain said.

Six men, a woman and three children drowned, and rescuers pulled their bodies from the canal, Hussain said.

Twelve other people were rescued alive and some were treated for minor injuries at a hospital near the crash site, he said.

Fatal road accidents are common in Pakistan, many of which are blamed on widespread disregard for traffic rules and poorly maintained roads.

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