15 dead, 1,096 injured in Punjab road accidents

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At least 15 people were killed and 1,096 others injured in 1,085 road traffic crashes (RTCs) in Pun-jab during the last 24 hours.

As many as 570 seriously injured people were shifted to different hospitals while 526 with minor injuries were treated at the incident site by the rescue medical teams.

The data analysis showed that 567 drivers, 39 un-derage drivers, 139 pedestrians and 405 passengers were among the victims of the road crashes.

The statistics show that 241 accidents were reported in Lahore, which affected 247 persons, placing the provincial capital at top of the list, followed by 96 in Faisalabad with 93 victims and at third Multan with 77 accidents and 65 victims.

According to the data, 899 motorbikes, 71 auto-rickshaws, 127 motorcars, 30 vans, 16 passenger buses, 25 trucks and 91 other types of vehicles and slow-moving carts were involved in the road acci-dents. Meanwhile Police have handed over stolen vehicles, motorcycles, and other valuables worth millions of rupees to the owners which were recovered from thieves during investigations.

A handing over ceremony was held at Police Lines Bahawalpur on Friday, during which Regional Police Officer, Bahawalpur, Munir Ahmad Zia Rao, handed over eight stolen vehicles and 52 bikes, and other valuables to the owners.

Addressing the ceremony, the RPO said that Bahawalpur Police had launched a crackdown against criminals and arrested dozens of them while recovering vehicles, bikes, and other goods from their possession.