KARACHI – A speeding passenger bus smashed into a tractor-trailer in Sukkur on Sunday, killing 42 people including 14 children and injuring more than a dozen others with many in critical condition, police said.
Several passengers were trapped inside the pink bus that was left badly mangled after the high-speed crash in Sukkur, 425 kilometres north of Karachi. Excavators were used to pull the tractor-trailer from the bus, as rescuers struggled to pull out the stranded passengers.
One eyewitness said he saw several passengers pleading for help. “They were screaming and shouting: ‘save us, save us’,” he told reporters. Muhammad Faisal, a senior police official, said: “Most of the passengers were trapped between their seats, we rescued them by cutting the bus body with metal cutters.”
He said the speeding bus was trying to overtake the tractor-trailer when it veered out of control. The collision was so severe, he added, that 25 passengers died on the spot. The dead included six members of a 10-member family who were travelling on the bus to visit their relatives in Karachi.