30 killed in bus-truck collision in Dera Ghazi Khan

According to details, 16 people were killed and more than 40 injured in an accident on Taunsa By-Pass.

DERA GHAZI KHAN: At least 30 people, including women and children, were killed and over 40 were injured when a passenger bus collided with a truck on the Indus Highway in Dera Ghazi Khan, officials said today (Monday).

According to details, the bus was travelling from Sialkot to Rajanpur. Hospital management has informed that four of the injured were in a critical condition.

Initially, Commissioner Dera Ghazi Khan Dr Irshad Ahmed confirmed that 29 people had died in the incident. He said rescue officials reached the site soon after the accident, adding that dead bodies and the injured were being transferred to the DHQ Teaching Hospital DG Khan.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid expressed his sorrow over the deaths in the accident, saying that the incident was nothing less than a “calamity” for people going back home for the upcoming Eidul Azha holidays.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry tweeted, “When will we as a nation realise that violation of traffic rules is fatal? Public transport drivers are the trustees of people’s lives [and] they need to take further precaution.”

Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the Punjab Chief Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said the incident was very sad and tragic. “The heart is aggrieved at the loss of precious lives in the accident. The Punjab government shares in the grief and pain of the victims’ families in this hour of grief,” she added.

Chief Minister Buzdar also expressed grief over the loss of lives in the accident and extended condolences to the bereaved families. He said that the injured were being provided the best medical treatment and strict action would be taken against persons due to whose negligence the accident had taken place.