14 killed in highway tragedy near Uthal

Published February 3, 2021
Police said that a passenger coach, which was going from Panjgur to Karachi, overturned at a sharp turn at the Quetta-Karachi highway at around 2am. — Photo provided by Ismail Sasoli
Police said that a passenger coach, which was going from Panjgur to Karachi, overturned at a sharp turn at the Quetta-Karachi highway at around 2am. — Photo provided by Ismail Sasoli

QUETTA: At least fourteen people, including 10 members of a single family, were killed and 12 others injured in a road accident near the Uthal area of Lasbela district on Tuesday.

Police said that a passenger coach, which was going from Panjgur to Karachi, overturned at a sharp turn at the Quetta-Karachi highway at around 2am.

Police official Malik Abdul Jabbar told Dawn that eight people died on the spot and six during treatment at a hospital in Uthal.

Soon after receiving information about the incident, personnel of the police and FC rushed to the area. They shifted the bodies and the injured to hospital.

The official said 12 injured passengers were admitted to hospital for treatment. The condition of four injured was stated to be serious and they were later shifted to a hospital in Karachi.

According to sources, a local leader of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam in Khuda­ba­dan Sarawan, Ulfat Baloch, along with nine other members of his family, including women and children, was also travelling in the ill-fated passenger coach. They all died in the incident.

Behram Baloch in Gwadar also contributed to this report

Published in Dawn, February 3rd, 2021

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