• Sun. May 28th, 2023

Three killed as van en route Okara overturns on Multan road


People on their way at a road during heavy fog in morning hours in Lahore. — Online/File
People on their way at a road during heavy fog in morning hours in Lahore. — Online/File

At least three people were killed and 12 others injured in a road accident in Patoki when a van en route Okara from Lahore overturned while taking a turn on Multan Road as fog engulfed the region reducing visibility, it emerged on Tuesday.

Sources affiliated with the rescue teams said that the van carrying 14 of a family turned turtle while taking a blind turn due to lack of visibility. The injured were shifted to a nearby hospital.

Sources said that four among the wounded are in critical condition.

On Monday, eight people were killed and several others were injured when two passenger buses collided on the Indus Highway (N-55) near Rajanpur due to fog reducing visibility.

Rescue sources said that the buses rammed into each other at Shah Wali due to fog. One of the ill-fated buses was traveling to Karachi from Peshawar while the other was en route to Rajanpur from Quetta.

Sources further stated that the injured were rushed to a nearby hospital.

Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi expressed grief over the unfortunate incident and sought a report from the authorities concerned.

He ordered legal action against the bus driver at fault for the accident and the provision of the best medical aid for the injured.

20 dead in Sehwan bus accident

This was the third bus accident on the Indus Highway in the last three months.

In November, a passenger bus plunged into a water-filled ditch near the Sehwan toll plaza on the Indus Highway, leaving at least 20 dead and 13 others injured.

The casualties included 12 children as well.

Deputy Commissioner Jamshoro Farid-Uddin Mustafa had said that 33 passengers were on board the ill-fated van. Twenty passengers lost their lives when the van plunged into the ditch, he said, adding that 13 passengers were rescued alive.

Police said that the Indus Highway was dredged at different points to drain out floodwater. However, the road cavities have not been filled so far, even after two months.

10 dead in bus-truck collision at Indus Highway

Earlier in October, at least 10 people were killed including women and children, and 13 others injured as a passenger bus rammed into a truck in a tragic accident on the highway near Sindh’s Sann.

Drivers of both the bus and truck were also killed.

Jamshoro Senior Superintendent of Police Javed Baloch had said that the unfortunate bus was en route to Punjab from Karachi when it collided with the truck at Thori Phatak near Sann.

He said that the deceased said to be from Bahawalpur also included two children and two women.

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