MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — A passenger bus collided with a fuel truck on a highway in eastern Pakistan before dawn Tuesday, sparking a fire that killed at least 20 people, police and rescue workers said. Officials said.
According to officials, the accident took place near Jalalpur Pirwala in Punjab province. The bus was going from the eastern city of Lahore to the southern port city of Karachi.
Tahir Vito, a local government official in nearby Multan district, said initial indications are that the bus driver’s carelessness led to the collision. The driver, who was also killed, was rear-ended by a fuel truck, according to photos from the scene.
He added that the injured were taken to hospital and the condition of at least six passengers was said to be critical.
Vito also said that some of the bodies were burnt beyond recognition and DNA tests would be conducted to identify the remains before the bodies are handed over to the next of kin.
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif expressed his regret in a statement and directed the officials of the health department to provide the best treatment to the injured.
Fatal traffic accidents are common in Pakistan due to poor road infrastructure and violation of traffic rules.