Local News Sindh, NOORIABAD
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At least 15 die as passenger van catches fire in southern Pakistan.
At least 15 people die when a passenger van overturns and catches fire on the Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway at Nooriabad, in southern Pakistan.
SHOTLIST: NOORIABAD, PAKISTAN (SEPTEMBER 26, 2020) (EDHI RESCUE HANDOUT – ACCESS ALL) (NIGHT SHOTS)
- RESCUE OFFICIALS WORKING NEAR WRECKAGE OF ILL-FATED PASSENGER VAN/BODIES OF VICTIMS, COVERED IN WHITE SHEETS, PLACED ON GROUND
- RESCUE WORKERS SEARCHING FOR BODIES AND SUVIVORS
- RECUERS STANDING NEXT TO WRECKAGE OF VAN
- RESCUE WORKERS CARRYING BODY ON STRETCHER
- POLICEMAN ASKING MAN TO GO AWAY
- AMBULANCES CARRYING BODIES DRIVING THROUGH MOTORWAY
- VARIOUS OF RESCUERS CARRYING BODIES INTO MORGUE
STORY: At least 15 people were killed and several others injured when a passenger van overturned and caught fire on the Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway at Nooriabad, in southern Pakistan, rescue officials said.
The Karachi-bound van coming from Hyderabad was carrying 20 to 25 passengers via M-9 motorway and the accident occurred about 60 kilometres from the southern city of Hyderabad, local media, citing police officials, reported.
The fire was so intense that most of the bodies were charred beyond recognition and their DNA samples were being taken to identify them.
At least six injured were said to be in critical condition.
Motorway Police, fire tender besides rescue organisation reached the accident site and moved the bodies and injured to Nooriabad and Hyderabad hospitals.
The actual cause of the accident was not known immediately but apparently the bonnet of a car broke away and hit the van, following which the driver lost control of the vehicle and it veered off the road and caught fire.
Later, the firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze.
The motorway police are conducting investigations into the deadly incident.
Thousands of people lose their lives in Pakistan every year in road accidents that are caused due to poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.