At least 17 children died and several others were injured when a gas cylinder inside their school van exploded Saturday morning.
The fatal accident took place near Kot Fateh area in Gujrat.
According to sources, 25 children from Grade 1 to 8 were in the van.
Rescue teams reached the scene and shifted the dead and injured children to District Headquarter Hospital. Some of the wounded are said to be in critical condition.
The driver of the van escaped after the accident.
Police registered a case of the incident and started investigations.