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Pakistan bus collision creates explosion; 32 dead

Last Updated: Sunday, January 23, 2011 - 20:36

Islamabad: At least 33 people were burnt to death and 15 injured when a speeding bus rammed into a stationary oil tanker Sunday in Pakistan`s Sindh province, officials said.

The packed bus had left the port city of Karachi for Sukkur in interior Sindh. The accident took place when the sleepy bus driver ran into the tanker with 40,000 litres of fuel, Aaj TV reported.

There were around 50 people in the bus, Jamshoro district police officer Muhammad Farooq told The Nation.

He said both vehicles immediately caught fire and most bus passengers died of burn injuries.

Passengers in the front seats could not come out of the bus because of the impact of the crash, Farooq said. But many at the back escaped.

"Only three bodies have been identified while others, badly burnt and bruised, are difficult to identify without DNA tests," said Farooq.

Late arrival of the fire brigade and lack of necessary equipment delayed the rescue operation.

Most of the survivors were rescued after breaking the windows of the bus.
Rescue teams cut through the tangled metal of the bus to extract the burnt bodies.


First Published: Sunday, January 23, 2011 - 20:36
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