Six chil­dren among 9 dead in tanker col­li­sion

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

At least nine peo­ple in­clud­ing six chil­dren died when a fire­ball erupted as a car col­lided with a tanker car­ry­ing liq­ue­fied pe­tro­leum gas (LPG) near Nankana Sahib on Wed­nes­day, en­gulf­ing sur­round­ing ve­hi­cles, of­fi­cials said.

The ac­ci­dent took place as the car of an as­sis­tant subin­spec­tor and a con­sta­ble trav­el­ling to Po­lice Lines in Manawala, the cap­i­tal of Sheikhupura district, col­lided with a tanker which caught fire. The speed­ing car hit the tanker which was parked on the road lead­ing to Manawala.

A rick­shaw car­ry­ing 10 school chil­dren was also set ablaze while pass­ing on the same road, res­cue work­ers said, re­sult­ing in the deaths of six chil­dren.

District emer­gency of­fi­cer ( DEO) Sheikhupura Azam said a to­tal of nine peo­ple died in the col­li­sion and the re­sult­ing fire, in­clud­ing six chil­dren. A res­cue worker had ear­lier put the death toll at 12.

Five of the 17 in­jured were shifted to district head­quar­ters hos­pi­tal Sheikh­pura, while the re­main­ing 13 were shifted to Al­lied Hos­pi­tal in Faisal­abad, the District emer­gency of­fi­cer said.

The bod­ies of the dead were badly charred. Shops in the sur­round­ing area caught fire and pedes­tri­ans were sprayed with pe­tro­leum. A case has yet to be reg­is­tered into the in­ci­dent.

Heavy fog that de­scends upon cen­tral and north­ern Pak­istan in win­ter is a lead­ing cause of road ac­ci­dents. Pak­istan also has an ap­palling record of fa­tal traf­fic ac­ci­dents due to poor roads, badly main­tained ve­hi­cles and reck­less driv­ing. More than 4,600 peo­ple were killed in road traf­fic ac­ci­dents in 2013, the last year the govern­ment re­leased of­fi­cial data.

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