Twenty people were killed after a passenger bus collided with an oil tanker on the Multan-Sukkur motorway early on Tuesday. Six were injured in the accident.
According to Multan Deputy Commissioner Tahir Wattoo, the passenger bus was heading from Lahore to Karachi, and it hit the oil tanker from the rear side near the Jalalpur Peerwala interchange, as per a report by Dawn.
Due to the collision, both vehicles caught on fire and 20 people died on the spot. In a tweet, Multan Commissioner Amir Khattak said that the incident took place at 4 AM.
However, as per a statement by the Rescue 1122 team that showed up at the scene of the incident, the collision took place at 2:20 AM.
A motorway policeman was quoted as saying that the tanker was carrying thousands of litres of petrol, and the cause of the incident was the bus driver falling asleep.
DC Wattoo later issued another statement, saying that DNA testing was being initiated for the identification of the deceased.
Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi in a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office demanded a report of the incident from the Multan Commissioner, saying that all aspects of the unfortunate event should be investigated, and those who are responsible must be brought forward.