21 killed in fire after bus-truck collision in Pkistan

Islamabad, Jan 21, IRNA - At least 21 people were killed in a collision between a passenger coach and a truck carrying fuel in Hub tehsil of Balochistan's Lasbela district in Pakistan on Monday, officials said.

The bus with nearly 40 people on board was travelling to Panjgur from Karachi in Pakistan when it collided with the truck coming from the opposite direction.

A huge fire broke out following the collision, reportedly because the truck was carrying diesel. Huge flames engulfed the coach and the truck and trapped those inside the two vehicles.

As rescue workers pulled out the bodies from the bus and the truck, the death toll rose to 21, SSP Lasbela Agha Ramzan Ali said.

At least 16 people were injured, five of them critically, and were shifted to a local hospital.

Efforts to shift the injured to Karachi — made because of a lack of facilities at the local facility — were delayed due to an absence of ambulances. The injured were finally on their way to Karachi once Edhi ambulances reached the accident site.

Edhi rescue workers are making efforts to pull out the remaining passengers from the bus. Rescue workers are also in the process of extinguishing the blaze engulfing the vehicles.

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