Early Sunday morning, a fatal crash on the Faisalabad Motorway near Pindi Bhattian took the lives of 16 individuals, including women and children, and left 15 wounded.
According to rescue personnel, ferrying 35 to 40 passengers from Karachi to Islamabad, the bus collided with a pick-up truck loaded with diesel drums. This led to a fire that swiftly consumed the bus.
The crash occurred near the Pindi-Bhattian Interchange around 4 am. Eyewitnesses and those on the scene tried valiantly to help, breaking bus windows to rescue trapped passengers. Tragically, both drivers were among the deceased.
Medical Response and Casualty Identification
Emergency medical teams transported the injured to hospitals in Pindi Bhattian and Faisalabad. Of those hurt, four are currently in critical condition. District Police Officer (DPO) Dr. Fahad shared that 18 bodies had been retrieved from the wreckage, with identification pending DNA testing.
A Troubling Trend in Highway Accidents
The Faisalabad Motorway accident is the latest in a concerning series of highway tragedies. In July, a bus accident in Punjab’s Rajanpur district claimed five lives, including two children and a woman.
The bus overturned in the Fazilpur area and was transporting devotees of a Sufi saint. Another tragic incident near Babusar Top witnessed a tourist bus fall into a gorge and subsequently catch fire, resulting in eight deaths. Additional tragic incidents, such as the overturning of a bus near Kallar Kahar in June, further highlight the urgent need for improved road safety measures in the region.