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13 burn to death in bus-van collision

December 01, 2020

SHEIKHUPURA: At least 13 people were burnt to death and 17 others injured when a passenger van collided with a bus and caught fire here on Monday, rescue sources and officials said.

The blaze destroyed both the vehicles and left passengers’ bodies charred beyond recognition. The accident took place on Narowal Road in Narang Mandi when the bus travelling from Narowal to Lahore collided with the van coming from Lahore in the opposite direction, a Rescue 1122 statement said, adding that the incident apparently occurred due to fog in the area. After the collision, the LPG cylinder fitted in the van exploded, with the blaze engulfing the entire vehicle within moments and leaving 13 of its passengers dead. Passengers on board the bus were able to disembark before it caught fire. Rescue services reached the site of the accident, doused the fire and pulled out the bodies from the wreckage.

The 17 injured were shifted to Narang Mandi Rural Health Centre (RHC) after being administered first aid and were subsequently taken to Lahore’s Mayo Hospital. The bodies of the deceased, who could not be identified as yet, were shifted to Muridke Tehsil Headquarters (THQ) Hospital. Seven of the deceased belonged to the same family.