KARACHI: Authorities have prepared an initial investigation report on causes of a deadly road accident that claimed 11 lives near Karachi late on Sunday, Samaa reported.
At least 10 people burned to death and 19 others were injured when a passenger van overturned and caught fire overnight near Nooriabad town, around 100 kilometres (60 miles) northeast of Karachi.
Ten people died on the spot while another succumbed to burn injuries in hospital. Reports said seven bodies were badly burnt and unidentifiable.
Investigation report says the vehicle was overloaded and veered off the road after its tie road broke. The report said driver lost control over the van due to over-speeding.
Investigators, who visited the scene today, told Samaa correspondent that all four CNG cylinders fitted in the van were found intact, but claimed that CNG gas leakage from the vehicle caused fire that engulfed it within no time.
Police said owner and driver of the van were being search.
Pakistan has an appalling record of fatal traffic accidents due to poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.
Last month 62 people including women and children were killed on the same highway when their bus collided with an oil tanker, starting a fierce blaze which left victims burnt beyond recognition. – Samaa/AFP