RAHIM YAR KHAN/ Sadiqabad - At least 29 people, seven of them from a same family, were killed and more than 50 others sustained multiple injuries in a head-on collision between two passenger buses early Monday morning.

The gruesome accident occurred on Shahi Road near Dhareja Phattak in Khanpur, some 39 km from district headquarters Rahim Yar Khan, recue and police office said.

According to Rescue 1122 officials, they received call about the accident around 6:12am early Monday morning and rushed to the spot. They informed that the accident took place when a Lahore-bound bus (BSA-865) coming from Karachi and a Sadiqabad-bound bus (LXK-4927) coming from Faisalabad, collided head-on due to speeding and carelessness. District Emergency Officer Dr Abdus Sattar Baber informed that 24 persons died on the spot and more than 50 got injured, some of them critically in the incident. The injured were rescued after cutting bodies of buses, the officer said, adding that it was a biggest accident in the 10 years history of Rescue 1122 in Rahim Yar Khan.

According to DCO Capt (r) Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, about 15 injured were shifted to Sheikh Zayed Hospital Rahim Yar Khan while 35 were treated at THQ Hospital Khanpur and most of them were in critical condition.

The DCO announced emergency in both the two hospitals and called all the senior doctors on duty. He also appealed to the citizens for donations of blood.

According to rescue officials, in one the buses, many students going to their college fell prey to the accident. Traffic remained suspended on Shahi Road for more than three hours.

Meanwhile, PML-N youth wing senior vice president Salman Nawaz told the media that this is a black turn on the road and many an accidents have already occurred on this spot. He said that the nation has lost more lives in accidents than in war against terrorism in Pakistan.

He appealed to the Punjab chief minister that the government should build new bypass and link roads and close all dangerous turns on Shahi Road.

Bahawalpur Division Commissioner Saqib Zafar, Rahim Yar Khan DCO Zafar and DPO Zeeshan visited the injured at Sheikh Zayed Hospital.

Sources informed that both the RY Khan DCO and DPO reached the scene three and half hours of the accident which showed their in efficiency and apathy towards the public woes.

According to doctors, some the dead bodies are beyond recognition.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has expressed sorrows over the incident and directed the authorities to provide best medical facilities to the injured.