FAISALABAD: Three people were killed and another two were injuring in road accidents in the city on Sunday. The two injured were reported to be in critical condition.
A 13-year-old boy died and another was injured on Sunday after being hit by a tractor-trolley in Khurarianwala.
Police said that Muhammad Samar, a resident of Chak 75-RB, Lohkay, was getting onto a passenger van at Dharmanwala Stop on Khurarianwala-Sheikhupura Road when a tractor-trolley
that lost its control hit the van. Samar was crushed between the two vehicles.
Witnesses said the impact caused the van to move a few metres ahead, dragging another boy with it, who was trying to get on the van.
Samar died on the spot and the injured boy, Sabir Ali, 14, was taken to district headquarters hospital in Faisalabad. Doctors treating him said that he was in a critical condition.
Later, the family of the deceased and some locals staged a demonstration and blocked the Khurarianwala-Sheikhupura Road. They alleged that traffic police on the road did not monitor speeding vehicles which caused most of the accidents. The protesters later dispersed after police arrived at the scene and assured them that they would take action against those responsible.
In Jaranwala-Saddar, a youth was run over by a speeding coaster.
Police said Imran Bhatti, a resident of Muhammad Bibi Colony, was getting off a coaster at a bus stand and slipped. He was run over by another coaster. The boy was taken to a hospital where he died a few hours later.
In another incident, a 50-year-old woman was killed after being hit by a van in Thikriwala.
Police said Zulekha Bibi and her daughter Samar, 18, residents of Shadab Mor, were hit by a speeding van while they were waiting at a bus stop ear Chak 276-JB. Zulekha Bibi died on the spot, while Samar was taken to a hospital where doctors treating her said that she was in a critical condition.
Thikriwala station house officer said that the van driver fled the scene, however, the family of the deceased refused to take action against the driver.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2012.