Sixteen children and teacher killed, seven injured after school bus catches fire.
Sixteen children and a teacher were killed when their school bus caught fire in Gujrat on Saturday, according to police officials.
The van was carrying 24 children to a private school in Gujrat, about 112 kilometers north of Lahore, when it caught fire, according to local police chief Dar Ali Khattak. “The fire erupted in the vehicle when the children were only a few kilometers from their school,” he said. Seven other children were injured in the blaze, which destroyed the vehicle.
A spark apparently caused the blaze when the driver of the dual-fuel van switched from compressed natural gas to petrol, he said, adding that the fuel gas cylinder was intact. The children were aged between 5 and 15 years old, he said, adding that a female teacher also died.
Another police official, Abid Khan, said the driver fled after the fire.
Five of the injured children were in serious condition, hospital officials added.