Van topples over in Sheikhupura: 6 dead, 8 others injured

Two women are among the deceased.

Web Desk April 12, 2014
Two women are among the deceased. PHOTO: FILE

SHEIKHUPURA: A passenger van toppled over on Sargodha Road in Sheikhupura claiming six lives and injuring at least eight others, Express News reported on Saturday.

The van was on its way to Sheikhupura from Hafizabad when the incident occurred. It was reported that the van flipped over because of a burst tyre.

Hafizabad is a small city located about 50km from Gujranwala, northern Punjab.

Two women were among the deceased and the injured were taken to a local hospital for medical assistance.

Pakistan has one of the world’s worst records for fatal traffic accidents, blamed on poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

Previous accidents

On April 1, a collision between a truck and a bus in Hafizabad had left four people dead on the spot while 16 others were injured. Two of the injured succumbed to their injuries on the way to the hospital.

At least 10 people including two children and as many women were killed on March 23 when a bus had fallen down a hill just northeast of Islamabad.

The bus, which was carrying 20 passengers from the hill town of Murree to Rawalpindi, had lost traction on a slippery road amid rainfall, rolling on its side as it fell down a slope.

On March 22, two collisions between two passenger coaches, and two trucks on the RCD Highway between Quetta and Karachi had left at least 38 people dead and 15 others critically injured.

The accident had taken place in the Gadani area of Lasbela district and the injured were taken to hospitals in Hub as well as Karachi for medical assistance. Women and children were among the deceased.


Jahangir Chauhan | 7 years ago | Reply

very sad, Why n ot government make strict laws to check vehicles for over loading and conditions of vehicles quality before allowing them on national highways.To avoid such incidents traffic police needs to be vigilant in their working otherwise such incidents will keep happening.

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