Khairpur tragedy, Bad road, no warning signs caused fatal bus crash: police

KARACHI(INP): Police said Wednesday they will investigate government departments over a bus crash that killed at least 58 people, blaming the poor condition of the road for the accident.

The bus smashed into a goods truck loaded with coal near Khairpuron Tuesday. There were 18 children among the dead.

District police chief, Nasir Aftab said the initial investigation found the road was in poor condition and had no warning signs to alert drivers to the danger.

“A first information report (FIR) for becoming cause of death has been registered and the concerned departments will be investigated for the bus accident,” Aftab said.

He said it was the first time a government department would be investigated for a road accident in Pakistan.

Motorway police official Faisal Chachar said that a 61-kilometre (38-mile) stretch of the road was in poor condition, having developed a significant furrow in its surface.

A senior motorway police officer said the bus driver, carrying passengers from Swat valley to Karachi, had lost control after hitting the rut in the road.


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