Home > News > Regional
Saturday March 22, 2014 MYT 4:21:00 PM
Saturday March 22, 2014 MYT 4:23:42 PM
QUETTA, Pakistan: 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 travelling to Karachi collided with the tanker in the early hours of the morning in Gadani district on the coast of Baluchistan province, senior administration official Akber Haripal told AFP.
"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 dead bodies were "beyond recognition".
"These passengers buses travelling between Baluchistan 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.
Pakistan has one of the world's worst records for fatal traffic accidents, blamed on poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving. -AFP
Tags / Keywords:
passenger buses, petrol tanker, accident, Gadani district, pakistan
Death toll in Pakistan mosque collapse rises to 24
Search for missing as three die in Philippine ferry sinking
The Chinese must be disappointed at the events in Pakistan
Bomb kills three, wounds 16 in southwestern Pakistan
Nicole Kidman’s father dies
M’sian jailed for checkpoint breach and customs offences
Chinese buyers lead charge in iPhone 6 global debut
Border stand-off overshadows Xi’s India visit
iPhone 6 craze hits Chinese buyers
Thai junta chief 'sorry' for bikini remarks after UK tourist murders
Second South Korean found dead after Mexico hurricane
Lam Thye: Radical voices are being amplified beyond acceptable norms
Opportunists cash in on delayed iPhone launch in China
We are ‘framily’: When a vacation with close friends does you good
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)