13 killed as passenger van hits roadside gas pipeline in northern Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: At least 13 people were killed and four others injured as a passenger van hit a roadside gas pipeline in northern Pakistan on Sunday morning, reported local Urdu TV channel Dunya.

The accident happened at about 7:20 a.m. local time when a passenger van heading from Rawalpindi to Peshawar hit a roadside gas pipeline in Hasan Abdal, a small town lying some 40 km northwest of the country’s capital Islamabad, the TV channel said.A fire broke out following the collision, leaving eight people burned to death on the spot, said the report, adding five others died later at hospital.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, police said. In another development, four people were killed and three others injured in a truck-trolley collision which happened in the country’s southern Sindh province on Sunday morning, according to local media reports.

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