Pak: 14 people killed in gas cylinder explosion

Fourteen people, including four children and five women, were killed and 15 more injured when the gas cylinder of a mini bus exploded after it collided with a truck in Pakistan`s Punjab province.

Updated: Dec 10, 2011, 23:03 PM IST

Lahore: Fourteen people, including four
children and five women, were killed and 15 more injured when
the gas cylinder of a mini bus exploded after it collided with
a truck in Pakistan`s Punjab province on Saturday, police said.

The bus carrying over 30 passengers collided with the
truck on Multan Road in Vehari district.

The compressed natural gas cylinder in the bus exploded,
triggering a huge fire that engulfed both vehicles.

Four children, five women and as many men were killed and
15 injured people were taken to a nearby hospital, police told
media at the site of the accident.
Local residents said several persons were burned alive.
The condition of some of the injured was serious,
officials said.

Many bodies were charred beyond recognition.
Local residents said they had pulled the injured out of
the bus before rescue personnel arrived on the scene.

The truck driver and his aide were later arrested in
Multan.

This was the third instance in the past few weeks of a
vehicle`s gas cylinder exploding after an accident.
Many vehicles across Pakistan are fitted with poor
quality gas cylinder kits.

PTI