Bus Engulfed in Flames After Crash, Killing At Least 20, Wounding 11 Others
“The jerk due to the accident woke everybody but the fire gave no time to passengers to escape. Flames quickly covered the bus like an envelope and all women, children and men were screaming"
At least 20 people have been killed and 11 injured after a bus they were riding in Sunday reportedly struck a van parked on the shoulder of a highway in Pakistan and erupted into flames, officials say.
The accident occurred early Sunday morning near the town of Pindi Bhattian in eastern Punjab. The bus, transporting more than 40 passengers to Islamabad, struck the parked van, Sky News reported. “It seems that the driver of the bus dozed off,” senior police officer Fahad Ahmed stated, according to Barron’s.
Ahmed further revealed the bus was engulfed in flames within five minutes of the collision, burning at least 18 people alive, including both the driver of the van and the bus, the outlet stated. Those who were not immediately killed were taken to the hospital in the nearby Faisalabad district, some suffering critical injuries. Upon arriving, two of the more seriously burned victims succumbed to their injuries, Mohammad Jawed, a medical officer at a hospital, told ABC News.