At least 33 people have died and 40 injured after a bus rammed into a container truck in Pakistan on Monday. Passengers were travelling home for the Muslim Eid Al Adha holiday, news reports say.
The collision occurred near Dera Ghazi Khan, 100 kilometres from Multan in Punjab province.
A local government official told reporters that most of those injured were in a critical condition and the death toll could rise sooner than later.
A statement from police quoted by local media indicated the bus had departed from Sialkot and was heading to Dera Ghazi. An officer identified as Hassan Javez said that primary investigations had pointed at overspeeding by the bus.
Sher Khan, who was leading rescue efforts, said that the bus driver was along the 33 fatalities.
Mr Khan noted that the passengers were all from the same district, Rajanpur.
Television footage and photos circulating on social media showed rescuers trying to pull out bodies from the badly mangled bus. In one image, some of the injured are seen sitting near the bus, waiting for medical help, reported the National News website.
Through a tweet, Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry expressed his condolences and advised public transport drivers to be more careful of the lives of the people they have been entrusted with.
“When will we as a nation realise that the violation of traffic rules is fatal,” he said.
Roads in Pakistan are particularly busy at this time of year as millions of people gather with their families for Eid Al Adha.