Around 20 have been killed and six others were injured when a passenger bus rammed into an oil tanker in Pakistan’s Sindh Province, officials stated.
The accident took place on the Multan-Sukkur Motorway (M-5) in the early hours of Tuesday, as per local media reports.
The officials said that the passenger, which was travelling from Lahore to Karachi, hit the oil tanker from the rear side at an interchange on the motorway. The accident between the two led to a fire and resulted in the death of 20 people.
Meanwhile, Commissioner of Multan, Amir Khattak, took it to Twitter to confirm the incident, stating that, “At 4 am at motorway obarra junobi terrible accident took place between bus LES-1211-09 and Oil Tanker LDA/6. Bus that was moving from Lahore to Karachi rammed into Oil tanker from back and fire erupted. 06X persons got injured and 20X died on the spot. On-spot monitoring rescue process.”
The tanker was taking over thousands of litres of petrol and the reason behind the accident as stated during investigation was that bus driver fell asleep.
Chief Minister of Punjab, Parvez Elahi, has asked for a report on the incident from the local officials. He noted that all the aspects of accident should be thoroughly investigated and those responsible be identified.
The reports stated, “In a separate incident, around 8 people were killed and 32 others were injured when a passenger coaster turned turtle in Sindh on Tuesday. The incident took place when the vehicle’s driver lost control over it while taking a sharp turn shortly before reaching the toll plaza in the Sukkur district of the province.
The reports said, the deceased included four women and two kids. They were on their way to Sindh’s capital, Karachi, from the country’s north Swat district.