At least nine people were killed and 14 others injured in a head-on collision between a passenger van and a car on the RCD Highway in Balochistan’s Khuzdar District on Tuesday, an official said.
Khuzdar Assistant Commissioner Jahanzaib Baloch told Dawn.com that two vehicles collided at Tutak Cross on the RCD Highway in the afternoon, resulting in the deaths of six people on the spot, while more than a dozen were injured.
Levies personnel and rescue volunteers immediately rushed the injured to the Government Teaching Hospital (GTH) Khuzdar, the officer added.
GTH Medical Superintendent Dr Saeed said six bodies were initially brought to the hospital, while three of the injured who were in critical condition succumbed to their wounds later.
Two weeks ago, thirteen passengers were killed while five were injured when a sugar-laden truck came into contact with a bus in Rahim Yar Khan’s Liaquatpur tehsil.
The accident had occurred in Feroza town and rescue officials from Liaquatpur and Khanpur tehsils along with 10 emergency vehicles as well as district administration’s cranes were involved in the rescue and clearance operation.
Local administration had said that the dead and the injured were moved to Feroza Rural Health Centre for treatment. Levis force official said that a passenger van collided with a pick-up coming from opposite side on N-25 National Highway at Korak area of Khuzdar district.
As a result, four persons including three women died at the spot while five critically injured including two women succumbed to their injuries on way to Government Teaching Hospital Khuzdar.
As many as twelve people including ten received injuries. Of them, condition of two injured persons is stated to be critical.
Later, the critically injured were moved to Karachi for further treatment. Soon after the incident, Deputy Commissioner Khuzdar Mohammad Ilyas Kibzai, MPA from Khuzdar Mir Yunus Zehri and other officials reached the area and initiated the relief operation.
Emergency has been imposed in the District headquarter hospital. Many of the victims belonged to the family of JUI leader Hafiz Abdul Ghafoor Qalandarni.