Bus Engulfed in Flames After Crash, Killing At Least 20, Wounding 11 Others

At least 20 people were killed and 11 injured when a bus they were riding on a Pakistani highway collided with a van parked on the shoulder of the road and burst into flames on Sunday, officials said.

of accident It occurred early Sunday morning near the town of Pindi Batian in eastern Punjab. A bus carrying more than 40 passengers collided with a parked van, according to Sky News. “The bus driver appears to have fallen asleep,” senior police officer Fahad Ahmed said. saidAccording to this magazine. (Related: Greyhound bus crash kills three, injures dozens)

Ahmed also revealed that the bus was engulfed in flames within five minutes of the crash, leaving at least 18 people alive, including the van and bus driver, the newspaper said. Those who did not die instantly were taken to hospitals in the nearby Faisalabad district, some with serious injuries. Two of the victims with more severe burns died from their injuries upon arrival, hospital medical officer Mohammad Joud said. Said ABC news.

Passenger Imdad Ali told media that most of the passengers were asleep at the time of the fatal accident.

“The impact of the accident woke everyone up, but the fire did not give the passengers time to escape. Flames quickly engulfed the bus and women, children and men all screamed,” he said. He added that he only survived because someone had pushed him through a broken window.

“Suddenly, someone pushed me out. Thank God, and I am alive because of him,” he said.

Highway Police spokesman Ethan Zafar said firefighters arrived at the crash site within minutes, but both vehicles were already engulfed in flames. The fire was successfully extinguished, but the flames completely consumed the bus, leaving only the steel frame, ABC News reported.

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