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Death Toll Rises to 64 Bus Collision with Oil Tanker (Karachi)

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At least 64 people including women and children were burned alive after their bus caught fire following a collision with an oil tanker on National Highway Link Road, the Rescue sources said on Sunday.

Bus Collision with Oil Tanker

Bus Collision with Oil Tanker

According to hospital sources, bodies of at least 64 people were transported to Jinnah Hospital.

As many as nine people including women and children hailing from a single family were killed in the bus fire. The members of unfortunate family reached Jinnah Hospital.

Governor Ebad seeks inquiry
Sindh Governor Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan took notice of the overnight accident on National Highway and directed the inquiry into the mishap.

Altaf Hussain offers condolence Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain expressed condolence to the bereaved families and directed the workers and volunteers to partake in the rescue operation.

Sharjeel Memon fumes: Sindh Minister for Information and Local Bodies, Sharjeel Inam Memon said the accident occurred mainly owing to the mistake of driver of oil tanker, adding the people responsible for the mishap will not be spared.

Mumtaz Jakhrani grills Steel Town manager: Arriving on the accident site along with Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Sindh Minister for Transport Mir Mumtaz Hussain Jakhrani said, โ€œHad the firefighting vehicles arrived from Steel Town on time, there will not have been so much damage,โ€ adding the investigation will be made into why the fire brigade vehicle did not reach the mishap site.

It is unfortunate, he added, Steel Town manager displayed dereliction of duty, saying, โ€œSteel Town manager should have immediately dispatched the firefighters.โ€

Shoaib Siddiqui said the people responsible for the accident, will be brought to book. According to eyewitnesses, only three passengers managed to break out of the bus.

The Rescue sources said Ata Muhammed, the driver of the ill-fated bus was also among the deceased, adding most of the bodies are beyond recognition.

Bus is completely gutted. The Rescue sources said the fire had already enveloped the bus before the fire-brigade vehicle reached the site from Landhi.

The ill-fated bus was en-route to Shikarpur from Karachi.

Three hours after the accident, the vehicular traffic was restored on the road. The accident site was washed even before the investigation and the oil tanker and gutted bus were removed from the road.

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