Death toll in Karachi van inferno rises to 15
People mourn the death of their relatives killed in a passenger van fire accident, outside a hospital in Karachi.–AFP
The death toll climbed to 15 on Sunday morning after two of the 12 injured succumbed to their wounds.
Doctors at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital separated body of a baby from the lap of her mother as they could not be able to flee the burning vehicle.
“They were 25 passengers in the van when it overturned and caught fire… many of them were trapped inside and got burnt. Others who escaped or have been rescued also suffered injuries,” additional IG Motorway Police Dr Aftab Pathan told the media men.
Five of the survivors were in a critical condition, he said. “The accident took place after the van travelled some 60 kilometres from Hyderabad and the vehicle has been totally destroyed in the accident,” the officer said.
Edhi ambulances from Karachi and Edhi Home rushed to the spot along with fire tenders to extinguish the blaze.
Sindh Transport Minister Awais Qadir Shah expressed deep regret over the accident. He also sought details of the accident from Karachi commissioner. He said the government would hold inquiry into the accident. He said that he was in contact with the IGP, the Karachi commissioner and the district administration.