2015 Karachi traffic accident

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2015 Karachi traffic accident
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Location of Sindh in Pakistan
Details
Date January 10, 2015
Location Karachi, Sindh
Country Pakistan
Cause Traffic collision
Statistics
Passengers 80
Deaths 62
Injuries Unknown
Damage Bus
Oil Tanker

The 2015 Karachi traffic accident occurred on 10 January 2015, when a passenger bus in transit from Karachi to Shikarpur crashed into an oil tanker killing up to 62 people including 6 children.[1] The bus was carrying up to 80 people, with 62 inside the bus and 10 on top, due to overcrowding. [2] Traveling in the morning, most of the passengers were asleep when the bus crashed.[3]

Only traveling a small distance, the bus crashed in the outskirts of Karachi on a single track road that connects to the Super Highway. The crash occurred because of careless driving, as the driver of the tanker was speeding on the wrong side of the road, and poor conditions on the road.[4] Immediately after the crash, a gas cylinder ignited causing the bus to catch on fire. The heat melted some of the metal frame on the bus, causing rescuers to cut open the vehicle to obtain some of the bodies.[5] Up to 62 passengers were killed because of the crash.[6]

Background[edit]

Transportation in Pakistan has been poor in recent years. According to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics there are an average of 9,000 crashes and 4,500 deaths on the road each year.

Aftermath[edit]

After the crash, the driver of the oil tanker fled the scene. According to Dr. Seemi Jamali, the 62 bodies were taken to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre. Chief minister of Sindh, Qaim Ali Shah, ordered that there be an investigation into the crash.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "62 people die in Pakistan bus accident". The Express Tribune. 11 January 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  2. ^ "62 die in Pakistan road accident". DAWN. January 11, 2015. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  3. ^ "62 killed in bus-oil tanker collision in southern Pakistan; police blame drivers". The Indian Express. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Dozens die in bus crash near Pakistani city of Karachi". BBC. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  5. ^ Hasan, Syed. "Bus, Oil Truck Crash in Southern Pakistan, Killing 62". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  6. ^ ur-Rehman, Zia. "Scores Killed After Bus Collides With Oil Tanker in Pakistan". New York Times. Retrieved 12 January 2015.