Khairpur accident: NHA suspends 3 officials on charges of negligence

Published: November 14, 2014
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Rangers personnel gestures to the scene of a bus accident near the city of Khairpur on November 11, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

Rangers personnel gestures to the scene of a bus accident near the city of Khairpur on November 11, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: The National Highway Authority (NHA) on Friday suspended three officials on charges of negligence that led to the deadly road accident near Khairpur, Express News reported.

At least 60 people were killed and several others sustained injuries when a passenger bus collided with a truck on Theri Bypass on November 11.

The suspended officials were directed to report to NHA officials in Islamabad.

The authority also completed its initial inquiry into the accident. In its report, NHA accused the driver of taking a wrong U-turn which led to the collision with the truck. The report also said the driver had not slept for past 23 hours.

NHA further noted that the roads near the crash site were in good condition at the time of the accident.

Initially, the highway authority had been partially blamed for the incident with reports that the NHA had failed to provide an alternate route to commuters before starting the construction work where the accident took place.

An FIR was filed against NHA and Sindh High Court’s Sukkur bench had also issued a notice to its chairperson asking for a report regarding the construction on the highway.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Parvez
    Nov 14, 2014 - 1:31PM

    Despite the fact that many lives were lost…….the classic saying ‘ when all are guilty then none are guilty ‘ proves true.

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  • Libra
    Nov 14, 2014 - 2:07PM

    Suspension is no punishment. This is basically sending on forced leave with pay. They must be arrested and prosecuted under ppc 302 (murder).

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  • SkinAlive
    Nov 14, 2014 - 3:44PM

    Such an in humane & major negligence on part of a professional demand extreme punishment. The unsafe practices by the men in charge and outright disregard of public safety require an equivalent of punishment a plane or ship captain would receive who is found responsible for such a large number of loss of life any where in the world. For reference just check Chinese, Singapore or Malaysian laws if Western is too harsh.

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