On Monday, a head-on collision between two speeding passenger buses killed 27 and injured 55 others in Pakistan’s southern Punjab province.
Carrying around 100 passengers, the buses collided at around 6 am in the town of Khanpur, some 600 kilometers from Lahore.
While one of the buses was en route from Faisalabad to Bahawalpur, other was heading to Rahim Yar Khan from Karachi. The incident took place due to over-speeding. The buses slammed into trees after colliding with each other.
Rescue workers were attempting to pull people out of the wreckage, with fears that the death toll could rise. The accident was so serious that the injured and the bodies could only be recovered by cutting through the vehicles. The injured were taken to hospitals in Rahim Yar Khan. Some of the injured are in critical condition.
Expressing sorrow and grief over the loss of lives, Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan directed the authorities concerned to provide best medical treatment to the injured.
Pakistan has one of the world’s worst records for fatal traffic accidents, blamed on poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.