- Van with 21 onboard meets accident on way to Kot Momin from Bhalwal.
- Injurted rushed to nearby hospitals in Sargodha and Bhalwal.
- Driver of private company’s van flees site of explosion.
SARGODHA: At least eight people were killed and around 13 others injured when an LPG cylinder installed in a passenger van with 21 onboard exploded in Bhalwal city of Sargodha district, police said on Saturday.
The van, a white Toyota Hiace, with a substandard cylinder filled with LPG gas for fuel was en route to Kot Momin when the unfortunate incident took place.
The police said that the explosion took place due to a gas leak from the LPG cylinder. The vehicle caught fire right after the cylinder’s explosion.
It added that the injured were shifted to nearby hospitals, while the driver of the van owned by a private company fled the scene.
Incidents like this are not uncommon in Pakistan as several passenger vans have substandard cylinders, with no quality and security checks in place.