MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — A passenger bus collided with a fuel truck on a highway in eastern Pakistan before dawn Tuesday, sparking a fire that killed at least 20 people, according to police and rescue workers.
The accident occurred near the town of Jalalpur Peerwala, in Punjab province, according to authorities. The bus was traveling from the eastern city of Lahora to the southern port of Karachi.
Tahir Wattoo, a local government official in Multan, the nearest district, said early indications were that the bus driver’s negligence had caused the crash. The driver, who was also killed, crashed into the rear of the tanker, according to footage from the scene.
The injured were taken to hospitals and at least six passengers were in critical condition, it added.
Some of the bodies were too burned to be identified and DNA tests would be done to identify the remains before the bodies were released to families, Wattoo said.
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif conveyed his condolences in a statement and asked the health authorities to offer the best possible treatment to the injured.
Fatal road accidents are common in Pakistan due to poor infrastructure and poor enforcement of traffic regulations.