At least 20 die in flames in bus-oil tanker collision in Pakistan

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A terrible road accident took place near the Jalalpur Pirwala district of Pakistan's eastern Punjab province leading to the death in flames of at least 20 people, local media reported.

In the early hours of Tuesday, an oil tanker collided with a passenger bus leading to the death of 18 passengers on the spot. A total of six people were injured. Both vehicles caught fire following the crash.

Following the accident, motorway police and rescue teams rushed to the site and began rescue procedures, local media said.

Out of eight injured people rescued during the operation, two succumbed to their wounds during treatment, local media said, adding that 18 dead bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of the bus.

As many as 26 people, including a driver and a conductor, were travelling on the bus while it was going from Punjab's capital city Lahore to the country's southern port city of Karachi, local media reported.

The main causes of road accidents in Pakistan, an often occurrence in the country, is due to poorly maintained vehicles, dilapidated roads as well as negligence of road safety measures.