Four persons were killed while 21 others sustained injuries after a passenger bus overturned at the national highway near Okara Cantonment in the wee hours of Tuesday.
Rescue 1122 said the bus overturned near Aljehad police check post due to tyre burst, according to initial reports. A motorcyclist and three bus passengers were killed in the accident.
The deceased and the injured were shifted to nearby hospitals in seven ambulances of Rescue 1122. The injured included three women and 18 men. Some with minor injuries were given first aid on the spot.
Three severely injured were at Cantt hospital, while 17 others were shifted to DHQ city hospital, Rescue 1122 stated.
Medical aid was provided by Rescue 1122 to five injured persons on the spot. Reportedly, the bus travelling from the provincial capital was carrying passengers to Fort Abbas on the occasion of Eidul Azha holidays. However, the passenger bus overturned due to a sudden tyre burst on the National Highway near Okara.
As soon as the accident was reported, the district in-charge of Rescue 1122 along with seven ambulances and dozens of Rescue 1122 workers rushed to the spot and supervised the rescue operations as well as treated the injured victims.
The Rescue 1122 workers had to cut off the body of the bus in order to pull out some of the injured victims.
As a result of the bus crash, 55-year-old Talib Hussain, the son of Niaz Ahmed and a resident of Fort Abbas, 35-year-old Muhammad Imran, the son of Nazir Ahmed and a resident of Fort Abbas, 23-year-old Arsalan, the son of Tariq and a resident of Deranwala Bahawalnagar died while 21 other passengers were seriously injured.
Three passengers including Mubashir, the son of Talib Hussain, Sanol, the son of Mohammad Akbar and Dr Almas, the daughter of Shakur Ahmad were shifted to SMH Okara Cantt hospital in a critical condition.
Moreover, 13 injured victims including Mohammad Asim, the son of Mohammad Shafiq, Rukhsana, the wife of Mubashir and Saima, the wife of Talib were shifted to Okara District Headquarters Hospital.
As soon as the accident was reported, a health emergency was imposed at the hospitals by Health CEO Dr Abdul Majeed after report of the bus crash.
*With additional input from APP
Published in The Express Tribune, July 21st, 2021.
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