Death toll from oil tanker inferno reaches 159

  • Victims were collecting spilled oil when it caught fire

BAHAWALPUR – The number of deceased in Ahmadpur Sharqia oil tanker inferno tragedy has climbed to 159.

On Sunday, an oil tanker caught fire after overturning on National Highway in Ahmedpur Sharqia near Bahawalpur this morning.

According to rescue sources, an oil tanker turned upside down on Pakka Pul apparently due to over speeding after which people from the village Basti Ramzan Joiya area swarmed the site to collect fuel that was spilling from the oil tanker. Unfortunately the fuel burst into flames leaving several dead. Over a hundred victims were being treated in different hospital.

On the other hand, the police have registered a case against the driver, owner and manager of the tanker.

PM Nawaz

On Monday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reached Ahmadpur Sharqia after cutting short his visit to London and condoled with the bereaved families and announced Rs2 million assistance for each deceased’s family.

He also said that a deep investigation will be conducted in order to pick the accused in the case.