DERA GHAZI KHAN - Nine passengers died while 70 others received injuries when two coaches collided at Indus Highway near Kala Town on late Tuesday night.

The Local people later joined the Rescue 1122 personnel dragged out the bodies and the injured passengers from both the buses which were bound for Karachi and coming from Swat. The injured said that both the buses stopped at a hotel for dinner and had just moved when met the fatal accident.

Most of the passengers were going back to their work station after celebrating Eid at their native towns. As per police officials, the two coaches (LZ 1475 and LRT 1467) collided at sharp turn while making an attempt to overtake when an oil tanker came from the opposite side at the highway in the town near some 40 km from here towards North.

The deceased were identified as Mohammad Iqbal, the driver of a coach, Mohammad Sadiq, Shazia Bibi, Saddam Hussain, Ali Zai, Gull Tahir and Sajid Hussain while the two dead bodies were yet to be identified.

The injured were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital while the minor injured were rushed to a nearby rural health centre.