FAISALABAD - At least 19 people including two children were killed in a collision between a passenger bus and a truck on Jhang Road here on early Wednesday morning.

According to police sources, the ill-fated bus carrying over 50 people collided with the truck coming from opposite direction at Jhang Road area of Faisalabad.

The accident took place near the town of Theekriwala due to "speeding and reckless driving", said senior police official Afzaal Ahmed Khosa.

At least 19 passengers including two women and two children were killed in the accident. Dr Naeem Hashmi, who works at the Allied Hospital in Faisalabad, said 15 injured people were being treated in the emergency department. Two of them were in serious condition.

Police said the accident took place due to over speeding of the bus driver who also got killed in the collision.

The accident disrupted traffic for some time but the rescue teams shifted all the injured people to the hospital and moved the bodies from the site after which the road was cleared for traffic, said police.

Most of deceased and injured are from Fatehpur, Lahore and Faisalabad.

Pakistan has an appalling road safety record due to poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

More than 4,600 people were killed in road traffic accidents in 2013, the last year the government released official data.