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13 Charred to Death as Bus Collides with Van in Pakistan

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According to rescue officials, the van collided with the bus head-on apparently due to poor visibility owing to fog.

At least 13 people were burnt alive and 17 others suffered injuries in a head-on collision between a bus and a van in Pakistan's Punjab province on Monday. The accident took place on Kalakhatai Road Narang Mandi, some 75 kms from Lahore.

According to rescue officials, the van collided with the bus head-on apparently due to poor visibility owing to fog. The van completely burnt after the collision. Rescue officials reached the spot and shifted the injured to hospitals, a rescue spokesperson said, adding that 13 passengers died of burns while the condition of some of the 17 injured is stated to be critical. The gas cylinder of the van exploded when hit colluded with the bus and caught fire.

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Bazdar expressed sorrow over the loss of lives and directed officials to provide best medical facilities to the injured.

first published:November 30, 2020, 18:14 IST