KARACHI: Three people, including a woman, were killed when a speeding truck ran over a footpath and overturned near Qayyumabad roundabout in Karachi on Thursday.
According to Traffic DIG Asif Aijaz Shaikh, the driver lost control over the container-loaded 10-wheeler vehicle near the roundabout due to speeding. The driver and his conductor escaped after the accident.
One of the traffic police officers posted at the busy roundabout signaled the truck driver to stop but he didn't, said DIG Shaikh. A few metres ahead, it ran over a footpath, resulting in the death of pedestrians.
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The traffic police chief said that he will write to the government to impose a ban on 10-wheeler vehicles’ entry into the city during the day.
Heavy traffic, especially long vehicles, are allowed in the city only during the night after 11pm to avert such accidents from occurring.
According to Dr Seemin Jamali, head of emergency at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, the two men and woman were brought dead to the hospital. They suffered multiple injuries causing instant death, she added.
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Two children also suffered injuries in the incident but they were later discharged after they were given preliminary medical aid. "They were stable and did not have any serious injury," she said.
Meanwhile, two people, including a policeman, were injured in firing within the limits of Defence police station. Initial reports suggested that firing occurred over resisting a mugging attempt.