Dozens injured in vehicle pile-up on Sheikhupura motorway

At least 30 vehicles collided in a huge pile-up. Source: Twitter.

SIALKOT: At least 30 vehicles collided in a huge pile-up on motorway M2 near Kala Shah Kaku in Sheikhupura on Tuesday morning.

At least 22 people were injured in three separate pile-ups on a motorway in Sheikhupura. According to rescue officials, the multi-vehicle involving dozens of vehicles occurred on the M2 motorway near Kala Shah Kaku, Qila Sattar Shah, and Khanpur Nehar.

As a result, 22 people got injured but no loss of life was reported. Motorway police and FWO staff also responded to the crash. At least 10 of them were moved to the Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Muridke.

The collisions reportedly occurred due to a dense fog enveloping the plains of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The motorway was subsequently closed after the accident.

Separately, six people were wounded when two passenger buses collided with a truck in Rahim Yar Khan’s Liaqatpur. The injured were shifted to the Tehsil Headquarters Hospital for medical attention. Heavy fog hits parts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in winter season and reduces visibility, causing traffic disruptions.

Sections of motorways M1, connecting Peshawar with Islamabad, M11, connecting Lahore to Sialkot, and M3 connecting Lahore to Multan were closed on Monday morning.

National Highways and Motorways Police (NH&MP) Spokesperson Syed Imran Ahmed has shut down the M-3 Motorway from Faizpur to Jaranwala due to intense fog. The M-1 from Islamabad to Rashakai has also been closed due to dense fog.

The Pakistan Weather Office predicted that continental air is prevailing over most plain areas of the country and mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country. However, smog/fog is likely to intensify in plain areas of Punjab.

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