12 passengers burnt to death in road accident

The Rawalpindi-bound Hiace van caught fire after crashing into a trailer from behind. —DawnNews

ISLAMABAD: At least 15 people including 3 children were killed and six others injured in a road accident near Chakri Interchange in Punjab on Tuesday.

The spokesman said two injured women are in critical state; hence, they have been transferred to CMH.

The Rawalpindi-bound Hiace van caught fire after crashing into a trailer from behind, National Highways and Motorway Police (NH&MP) Inspector Mahmood Khokhar told DawnNews.

The Rawalpindi-bound Hiace van caught fire after crashing into a trailer from behind. —DawnNews
The Rawalpindi-bound Hiace van caught fire after crashing into a trailer from behind. —DawnNews

As a result of the crash between two vehicles, the van caught fire which led to more casualties, he explained, adding that those with burn injuries have been rushed to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) hospital, Islamabad for medical aid.

According to Motorway Police, the blaze was doused by the fire brigade who reached the incident spot after hearing the news.

The condition of the bodies is beyond recognition, so DNA tests were being carried out to ascertain the deceased's identities, he added.

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In another accident, which happened at about 7:30 a.m. local time, at least seven people were killed and five others sustained injuries in a collision between a passenger van and a truck-trolley in the country's southern port city of Karachi.

According to initial investigations, over-speeding was the cause of both accidents.

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