HYDERABAD: At least 32 people were killed when a passenger bus collided with an oil tanker in Pakistan’s Sindh province early Sunday (January 23) morning, local media reported. According to Geo News, the bus was on its way from the port city of Karachi to Sukkur when it hit the oil tanker on the super highway near Hyderabad.
Both vehicles caught fire so suddenly that most passengers had no time to escape, injured survivors told Geo News. Rescue service officials told the TV channel there were several women and children among the dead. The injured who escaped were mostly young men seated at the back of the bus who managed to wriggle out with severe burns, hospital sources said.
Rescue officials said all bodies had been taken out of the bus but most were burnt beyond recognition. Bus accidents are common in Pakistan because of the dilapidated condition of most passenger buses and also because of negligence and rash driving by exhausted drivers working long hours.-Reuters