Ankur Chatterjee: More than 20 people lost their lives and 6 received grave injuries after a bus carrying passengers, in Pakistan’s Sindh province, crashed with an oil tanker.
As per the Dawn newspaper, this accident happened on the Multan-Sukkur Motorway (M-5) in the early hours of Tuesday.
The passenger bus was going from Lahore to Karachi when it suddenly hit an oil tanker from the rear side at an interchange on the motorway. Their collision led to fire breaking out causing the death of 20 or more people. The officials said in a report.
“At 4 am at motorway obarra junobi terrible accident happened between bus LES -1211- 09 and Oil TankerLDA/6. Bus that was moving from Lahore to Karachi hit oil Tanker from backside and fire erupted. 6 persons got Injured and 20 died on the spot. On spot monitoring and rescue process are underway,” in a tweet, Multan Commissioner Amir Khattak confirmed the incident.
The tanker was carrying thousands of litres of petrol, and the probable cause of the accident was the bus driver dozing off.
Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi has sought an investigation into the incident from local officials. He pressed the urgency of thoroughly investigating the incident and identifying those responsible.
In a different incident, eight people were killed and 32 others were injured on Tuesday when a passenger coaster in Sindh turned turtle.
The vehicle crashed into a ditch after the driver lost control, resulting in deaths and serious injuries to the passengers. The injured commuters were transferred to a local hospital.
Four ladies and two children were among those who died. According to reports, they were on their way to Sindh’s capital city Karachi from the country’s north Swat province.
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