ISLAMABAD, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- At least 22 people including 16 children were killed and 15 others were injured when a heavy trailer hit a school bus and a passenger coach in Nawabshah, a district in Pakistan's southern Sindh province, on Wednesday afternoon, local media and officials said.
According to the reports, the accident took place at around 1: 40 p.m. local time when a heavy trailer hit a school bus and a passenger vehicle in Qazi Ahmad Ring Road area of the district, killing 22 people including one teacher, bus driver, school watchman and three other passengers.
Deputy Commissioner Nawazshah Abdul Aleem Lashari confirmed the death of 20 people in the accident and said the best medical treatment would be provided to the wounded.
Police and rescue teams rushed to the site and shifted the bodies and injured to the Peoples Medical College Hospital (PMCH) in the district.
According to hospital officials, at least eight students and three school teachers were among the injured.
Emergency was imposed in all the hospitals of the district besides a public appeal for blood donations.
Majority of the injured were in critical condition who were shifted to the nearby military hospital for intensive care and better treatment.
An injured student said that they were returning home after taking exams when the speeding trailer hit their bus from the front side.
Around 30 people including students and school staff were on board and all the dead and injured students were between 10 and 15 years of age.
The trailer destroyed the school bus completely.
Police has arrested the driver of the trailer and announced to file a case against him.
President Mamnoon Hussain took notice of the accident and expressed sympathy with the grieved families.