59 killed, 10 injured in coach-oil tanker collision near Karachi

KARACHI: At least 59 passengers were killed and 10 others injured when a coach collided with an oil tanker on a link road of Super Highway near Gulshan-e-Hadid here in the wee hours of Sunday.

A coach, carrying about 70 passengers, was on its way to Shikarpur from Karachi when it collided with an oil tanker. The coach and tanker caught fire soon after the accident that occurred within the limit of Memon Goth police station. Passengers fell unconscious in the coach due to injuries and suffocation.

However, four people, travelling on the rooftop of the coach, remained safe as they jumped down when coach and oil tanker collided.

Reports said the accident occurred due to the negligence of oil tanker driver, who escaped from the scene soon after the incident.

Edhi Ambulance sources said that 57 bodies and four injured were shifted to Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for medico-legal formalities and treatment, where emergency was declared. Sources said six injured passengers were brought to Pakistan Steel Mills hospital.

Nine people, including women and children, of a family were also reported among those died in the tragic accident.

Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has taken notice of the accident and ordered relevant authority to ensure swift and proper rescue and relief work.

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