At least 35 people died early Saturday - mostly from burns - and an unspecified number were injured when a gasoline-transport truck collided with a pair of passenger buses in southwestern Pakistan, local media reported.

The accident occurred in the Bagar Nala area of Balochistan province, causing gasoline to spill and triggering a fire, witnesses said.

Two Pakistani English-language newspapers, Express Tribune and Dawn, reported that the vehicles were speeding, while Geo TV said the crash occurred when one of the buses swerved into the oncoming lane to avoid a pothole.

The dead and injured, including several women and children, were taken to nearby hospitals, where doctors said some of the bodies were completely charred and not able to be identified.

Pakistan has one of the world's highest rates of traffic accidents, a problem attributed to the poor condition of roads and vehicles and severely overcrowded buses. EFE