File photo of an earlier car crash near Islamabad, 2012. Aamir Qureshi—AFP
At least 35 killed, and 30 others injured after two passenger buses and a petrol tanker collide in Balochistan.
A collision between two passenger buses and a petrol tanker killed 35 people in southwest Pakistan on Saturday, officials said, with many of the victims burning to death.
A bus traveling to Karachi collided with the tanker around 5:30 in the morning in Gadani district on the coast of Balochistan province, said senior administration official Akber Haripal. “The bus and the tanker had a head-on collision and the oil tanker turned over, but the situation got worse when a second passenger bus coming from behind rammed into the first bus as it skidded on the oil spilled on the road,” he said.
The first bus then caught fire, he said, adding that 35 people were killed, most burning to death while trapped inside the bus, and 30 were injured.
Amir Sultan, another senior administration official confirmed the incident and toll and said the bodies were “beyond recognition.”
“These passengers buses traveling between Balochistan and Karachi have automatic hydraulic doors and their windows are sealed because the buses are air conditioned, so most of the passengers were trapped inside,” he said.
Sultan said the injured were being taken to Karachi after receiving first aid at a government-run medical dispensary because there was no hospital in the area.