AISALABAD: Seven people, including four children, have been confirmed dead after a road accident took place near Faisalabad on Friday.
The incident took place on 441-GB Samundri road, which is a narrow single track. According to eye witnesses that spoke to DawnNews, two buses were racing each other on the narrow road, when one of them went out of control and struck a motorcycle rickshaw— which had 11 people on board— coming from the opposite direction.
The rickshaw driver and a man named Yusuf, who was the father of some of the kids on board the rickshaw, died on the spot, while two children passed away when rescue teams were taking them to Allied Hospital in Faisalabad.
According to latest reports, two children succumbed to their injuries at the hospital, while an injured woman also passed away at the hospital.
Following the road accident, an angry mob burnt down the bus; but the driver and the conductor were able to escape from the scene.
Road accidents in Pakistan
In Pakistan, around 9,000 road accidents are reported to the police every year since 2011, killing more than 4,500 people on average, according to figures from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).
In January this year, a fatal accident between a passenger bus and an oil tanker near Karachi had left more than 60 dead.