Road accident: 11 people burnt alive in CNG bus fire

DNA tests needed for identification.

Z Ali December 07, 2011

HYDERABAD: When Asim and Samreen set off for Hyderabad with their two children in a passenger van, they had no idea that a CNG leak could separate them from their three-and-a-half-month-old son and daughter.

According to Matiari SSP Abdul Hadi Bulo, nearly 11 people were burnt to death while another 11 were injured when the passenger van from Shahdadpur caught fire because of a CNG leak on Wednesday, nearly 26 kilometres from Hyderabad.

The van usually follows a simple route which takes less than an hour to go from Shahdadpur to Tando Adam to Matiari and then Hyderabad.

The SSP said that the victims also included six children. He added that the bodies were severely disfigured and thus unrecognisable. The injured were taken to Civil hospital. Four people, including Saddam Hussain and Bilawal Wassan, were discharged and taken to private hospitals. Hussain and Wassan had 35% to 46% burns on their upper body. One of the injured passengers was identified as Ashraf, and he was discharged after an initial check-up.

Dr Muhammad Amjad of the Civil Hospital, Hyderabad burns ward said that he saw 11 patients, including Iqbal Hussain and Abdul Khaliq being brought in. He said that most of the patients were still unconscious.

Edhi staff put the number at eight people, including four children. They said that the bodies were disfigured so badly that they could only identify the body of a young girl. The authorities suggest that the doctors might have to carry out DNA tests to identify the dead.

The injured include Abdul Khalid from Hyderabad, medical representative Arshad Ali from Faqir ka Pirh in Hyderabad, medical representative Farhan Ali Shah, pharmacy owner Rizwan Ahmed Memon from Shahdadpur, Abdul Ghaffar Mallah from Jamshoro, Nadeem Mughal from Shahdadpur, Awami Tehreek workers Hasan Khoso and Sultan Khoso from Shahdadpur.


Published in The Express Tribune, December 8th, 2011.


Shahid | 9 years ago | Reply

Very sad. Authorities please check the low quality cylinders being installed in public vehicles.

Peace | 9 years ago | Reply

tragic. RIP all souls

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