Bus-oil tanker collision kills 57 in Pakistan
At least 57 people were killed and scores injured today when a speeding oil tanker crashed into an over crowded passenger bus on the highway in Pakistan's southern Sindh province.
Karachi: At least 57 people were killed and scores injured today when a speeding oil tanker crashed into an over crowded passenger bus on the highway in Pakistan's southern Sindh province.
Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Siddiqui said the accident took place on the Super Highway when the bus going from Karachi to Shikarpur collided with the oil tanker early today.
"It was the mistake on part of drivers of both vehicles as they were over speeding and the passenger bus was overloaded with some passengers even sitting on the roof," Siddiqui told PTI.
According to Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre (JPMC) emergency department incharge Seemi Jamali, 57 bodies including women and four injured have been shifted to Jinnah Hospital, where emergency has been declared.
There were around 60 to 70 passengers in the bus and those sitting in the back leapt out of the windows to save their lives after the bus caught fire.
One survivor told Geo News channel that the passenger bus was overcrowded and the driver was also over speeding.
"He lost control and panicked when the oil tanker driver lost control and came the wrong way," he said.
Television channels showed both vehicles on fire as rescue workers and fire engines went about their work.
Road in the Sindh province are notorious for being poorly maintained while lax checking by the highway police also emboldens drivers to over speed during night time.
Last November, in a similar accident around 57 people including women and children were killed when a passenger bus collided with a goods truck loaded with coal near Khairpur on the Super Highway.
In March, 43 people were killed when an oil tanker crashed into a trailer tractor on the highway.
Close to 9,000 road accidents are reported to the police every year since 2011, killing over 4,500 people on average, according to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).
: At least 30 people were killed when an oil tanker apparently speeding in the wrong direction down a Pakistan road crashed into a passenger bus early Sunday, igniting a fierce blaze, police said.
"The bus carrying some 50 passengers hit the oil tanker, which according to initial reports was coming in a wrong direction," senior police official Rao Muhammad Anwaar told AFP.
"The bus caught fire after the accident, killing at least 30 people."
The bus was en route to the town of Shikarpur from the southern port city of Karachi when the collision occurred along a stretch of dilapidated road.
The victims included women and children, some of whom were charred beyond recognition, Anwaar added.
A few passengers escaped unhurt after they jumped out of the bus windows, another police official Muhammad Jan said, confirming the toll.
"We are trying to ascertain if the driver of the oil tanker was solely at fault or whether the bus driver also showed negligence," Anwaar said.
Pakistan has an appalling record of fatal traffic accidents due to poor roads, badly-maintained vehicles and reckless driving.
Television channels showed live footage from the fiery crash site where rescue workers were busily evacuating dead bodies and injured.
It was the second major fatal crash in Sindh province in less than three months.
At least 57 people, including 18 children, were killed in November last year when a bus collided with a goods truck loaded with coal near Khairpur town, 450 kilometres (300 miles) north of Karachi, the capital of southern Sindh province.
The recovery equipment available to Pakistani emergency services is often basic, and when crashes happen away from major towns, rescue efforts can take some time, often reducing injured passengers` chances of survival.
The mountainous areas of Kashmir and the north, where drivers career around narrow hairpin bends over deep ravines with scant regard for safety, are particularly prone to accidents, while the condition of roads in the south can also be dangerous.