On Tuesday, a sleeper bus collided with an oil tanker on the M-5 Motorway, popularly known as the Multan-Sukkur Motorway in Bahawalpur, killing at least 20 passengers and injuring six more. The bus was traveling from Lahore to Karachi.
Speeding, according to highway officials, was the cause of the collision. According to Motorway officials, the tragedy occurred when the speeding sleeper bus lost control and crashed with an oil tanker on the Multan-Sukkur Motorway. For several hours, traffic was halted at the accident site on the M-5 Motorway.
According to a Motorway Police official, the oil tanker and bus took fire shortly after the incident. Motorway Police officers arrived on the scene soon after the collision. The scene was also visited by local police and rescue 1122 crews.
According to the speaker, the fire was so powerful and frightening that it could be seen from afar. The majority of the passengers were pulled alive from the flaming trucks and sent to neighboring hospitals. At least nine people were saved from the flaming bus unharmed.
According to the Motorway spokeswoman, it took several hours for the emergency workers to extinguish the fire. The Motorway Police established an emergency crisis center under the orders of IG Khalid Mahmood. During the rescue operation, DIG Shahid Jawad was also on the spot.