New Delhi: At least 30 people were killed and 74 injured when a passenger bus and truck collided on a highway in Dera Ghazi Khan district of Pakistan’s Punjab Province on Sunday, reported news agency Reuters. Among those killed, most were labourers going to their hometown to celebrate Eid-ul Azha falling on Wednesday. The bus was en route from Sialkot to Rajanpur when the accident took place on the Indus Highway near Taunsa bypass in Dera Ghazi Khan district, some 430 km from Lahore. The injured were shifted to a nearby hospital where medical staff confirmed the death of 18 people upon their arrival.Also Read - China Sounds COVID-19 Alarm as Delta Variant Spreads to 18 Provinces With Fresh Cases in Beijing

Minister of Information and Broadcasting of Pakistan Fawad Chaudhry in a tweet confirmed that at least thirty people have lost their lives in the accident near Dera Ghazi Khan. He appealed to public vehicle drivers to drive carefully for the safety of passengers. Quoting an injured passenger a police official said the driver of the bus seemed to have fallen a sleep and lost control over the vehicle that caused the accident. Also Read - Attempt to Camouflage Illegal Occupation: India Lodges Strong Protest With Pakistan Over 'Cosmetic' PoK Elections

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar expressed grief over the accident but didn’t announce any compensation for the victims. Traffic accidents are common in Pakistan and most of them are caused due to overspending, bad roads and untrained drivers. Also Read - Viral Video: This Bride Wore a 100 Kg Red Lehenga On Her Wedding Day, Left Guests Stunned | Watch