Sleep Deprivation of Driver Responsible for 59 Deaths in Khairpur Bus Accident

Khairpur Accident Update and FIR

ISLAMABAD – The preliminary report of Khairpur incident reveals that sleep deprivation – lethargy –  of driver caused fatal accident in which around 59 people lost their lives.

However, the First Information Report (FIR) was registered against National Highway Authority (NHA) for neglecting the maintenance of national highway. But Friday’s report turndown that possibility.

According to the report driver was on the wheels for 23 continuous hours who on the turn went on the wrong lane to hit vehicle coming from opposite direction. “Accident occur when the bus collided with the loaded vehicle coming from opposite direction after taking wrong U-turn,” preliminary report states.

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

A day after the unfortunate accident, bodies were transported to Risalpur, Swat and Karachi through Edhi ambulances. Edhi Foundation has arranged for coffins, transportation and medical for the deceased free of charge.

Pakistan has an appalling record of fatal traffic accidents due to poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

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