LAHORE   - Nine policemen, escorting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s motorcade, were seriously wounded on Monday when two vehicles of the Elite Police Force smashed into a tree after hitting the Mall Road greenbelt.

The PM’s convey left the Alhamra Art Gallery at the Mall after the premier’s meeting with writers and journalist. As they reached near the canal bridge at the Mall, a tyre of a police vehicle burst and it smashed into a tree after hitting the greenbelt. Another elite police vehicle too smashed into the tree as its driver lost control because of high speed.

As a result, nine officials of the Elite Police sustained serious injuries and were taken to a local hospital. Both the vehicles were badly damaged.