Road accident kills 41 in Sukkur

Updated Apr 20, 2014 03:15pm
Rescue workers and volunteers gather to remove passengers from a damaged bus at the accident site in Pano Aqil, Pakistan. — Photo by AP
Rescue workers and volunteers gather to remove passengers from a damaged bus at the accident site in Pano Aqil, Pakistan. — Photo by AP

SUKKUR: At least 41 people were killed and several others were injured Sunday morning in a bus-trailer collision on the National Highway in Sindh's Sukkur district, DawnNews reported.

The accident took place near Pano Akil area in Sukkur when a bus traveling from Dera Ghazi Khan to Karachi entered into a head-on collision with a trailer, security personnel said.

The bus was carrying over 50 passengers when the driver lost control of the vehicle and collided with the trailer coming from the opposite direction, rescue sources said.

A track of the road where the accident took place was closed down due to construction work being carried out.

Police personnel and rescue teams immediately reached the site of the incident and began cutting through the wreckage of the bus to rescue the victims.

The deceased included 13 women, 14 children and the driver of the bus among others, according to rescue sources who added that the driver of the trailer had also sustained wounds in the mishap.

Most of the injured were in critical condition and many were transferred to hospital in Karachi after initial treatment in Sukkur.

Among the dead were six members of a ten-person family travelling in the bus. Two more family members were injured while two were unhurt

“We were ten members of one family, six of them died and two were injured,”a weeping family member said while recounting the accident.

The family was travelling to visit other relatives in Karachi, she said.

Fatal traffic accidents, blamed on poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving, are frequent in Pakistan claim many lives annually.


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kumarMD
Apr 20, 2014 09:03am

Who was the culprit? what happened to drivers? what was the cause of accident? was it over speeding? do drivers use any drugs while driving? do they drink while driving? was it due to overtaking? what are the laws governing overtaking? what are the laws governing licenses to heavy vehicles ?

malik
Apr 20, 2014 09:58am

Every day these horrific accidents happen killing dozens. However the Govt keeps on sleeping. Anyone to see safety violations, proper driving training and safe highways?

zahid
Apr 20, 2014 10:12am

CM Sindh isresponsible because the under construction road actually had the need to be widened and divided as one way. Thousands of passengers, already trapped in world's worst transport system, go through the agony while travelling via this road while government has nothing to do with their sufferings.

Zaheer
Apr 20, 2014 10:34am

O My God........!!!!!

mansoor
Apr 20, 2014 11:20am

GT road from Lahore to Islamabad, daily fatalities are 4, in a week expect 30 odd dead. Motorway from Lahore to Islamabad, yearly fatalities are 10. Before we blame God for the disaster please answer----Is the God of motorway travelers different from those using GT road.

wasim
Apr 20, 2014 12:22pm

My condolences to all the families affected.

NoNy
Apr 20, 2014 03:37pm

everyday we pay the price of living in Pakistan with our lives.

Riaz Murtaza
Apr 20, 2014 04:30pm

At least all the vehicles on roads must have safety standards first of all.

Javed
Apr 20, 2014 06:14pm

this is the one of most fatal accident in the history of sukkur on national highway, where death ratio is more than 41, and other passengers became permanent disable due to negligence of one driver.
Too much speed, inattention, fatigue/dozing, alcohol/drugs, telephones and other distractions, lack of proper check and balance, drivers fail to follow standard driving regulations, fail to pay attention while driving (i.e. texting, talking on phone, changing the radio), or drivers are intoxicated.

Ashfaque
Apr 20, 2014 06:26pm

Motorway police should be made responsible for this accident, despite taking hefty salaries they are unable to patrol on highway and control traffic. they never did any drug test of bus drivers most of them are using drugs while driving.

Ayesha Khan
Apr 20, 2014 11:28pm

To commit a mistake is not a mistake, but to repeat a mistake is a mistake, we have no right to criticize the government, because it we who brought the incompetents into power, not once, but this is the third time.

Paladin
Apr 21, 2014 02:37am

Oh my sweet merciful god... :(

inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon

Syed A Raza
Apr 21, 2014 07:04am

A tragic event, how ever this is not the first time and unfortunately will not be the last time. I have seen these buses my self, they are over loaded, ill maintained, and if you look see how they drive it you will forget a roller coaster. The traffic inspector general of Sindh should be questioned as to why this is a norm ..? On second thought who am i kidding as long as Nawaz and Family is not travelling in these buses nothing will be done.

Ash Mirza
Apr 21, 2014 10:55am

strong textIn my opinion Govt. of Pakistan must advise Traffic police Department to check (1) Driver License of Driver make sure he is official Bus Driver. (2) if Police officer have any doubt if Driver is drunk or may taken some drugs check him out. (3) make sure Driver stop only at bus stop (4) If any driver drive over speed limit must be given speeding ticket and heavy fine, after 3 speeding ticket he must sent to jail for one year, and his license should be suspended for 3 years. (5) No one is allow to sit on top of the bus. (6) In case if seats are not available only 15 people allow to stand inside the bus. If bus drivers follow the rules and regulation than Inshallah it will save many lives. My heart goes out to the victims and their families, very sad incident. . Sincewrely, Ash Mirza (USA) ashwmirza@yahoo.com

Faiz Mohammad Memon
Apr 21, 2014 07:59pm

This all happens due to negligence of National High Way and Motor Way . They do not checking over speeding nor they are taking action against any Coach Driver for violating the t traffic signs and rules. They are moving free by violating traffic rules, without any fear of detection by the National High Way and Motor Way Police. They ply the coaches in connivance with the National High Way and Motor Way Police. In FIR the personnel of National High Way and Motor Way Police may be added as accused on account of Criminal negligence. Faiz Mohammad Memon from Ghotki.

angelo
Apr 22, 2014 12:43am

How sad.. please be careful guys when you are driving any vehicles, our life is a blessing and precious, we should live our lives to the fullest until we get older and older.

Irie
Apr 23, 2014 07:36am

Condolence to their Families and may their souls rest in peace. A combination of unsafe behavior and unsafe conditions can cause accidents.