BAGHDAD, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- Five women were killed and eight people wounded in a traffic accident involving a U.S. military vehicle south of Baghdad Wednesday, a local police source said.
The accident took place on the highway near the city of Hilla, some 100 km south of Baghdad, when a minibus carrying civilians collided with a U.S. armored vehicle, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Most of wounded people were women and children, the source said.
The minibus was on its way from Saydiyah neighborhood in southern Baghdad to the holy Shiite city of Najaf, some 160 km south of Baghdad, the source added.
U.S. troops immediately sealed off the scene while a helicopter was seen evacuating the wounded to a U.S. medical hospital, he said.
The cause of the accident and whether there are U.S. casualties are unknown yet.