KARACHI: Police have arrested the driver of a truck that collided with a van in Thatta, leading to the deaths of nine Karachi picnickers.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Adil Chandio said driver Mohammad Raees had a learning driver’s license.
“Initial investigations show that the accident was caused by the negligence of the truck driver,” says SSP Chandio, adding that action is also being taken against the truck owner.
The truck driver involved in the accident had fled after the accident.
SSP Chandio shared that all nine people were friends who belonged to the same place of Karachi.
A day earlier, nine picnickers were killed and as many injured when a vehicle they were traveling in crashed into a lorry on Hyderabad-Thatta Road near Chilya.
The picnic party returned to Landhi, Karachi, in a Suzuki van after enjoying a picnic at Keenjhar Lake when the incident happened, which killed eight people on the spot. One of the injured, who was taken to a hospital in Thatta, later succumbed to his injuries.
Shortly after the incident, police and local people reached the scene to rescue the victims; however, they ran into problems due to a lack of resources as the victims were trapped in the damaged vehicle.
Later, the rescuers took all the victims to a hospital in Thatta. Meanwhile, volunteers also reached the hospital to donate blood to the injured victims.
Five of the deceased were identified as Abdullah, Qaisar, Tasbeehullah, Wahab and Noorullah, while four others could not be identified.
CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah took note of the accident and ordered Deputy Commissioner Thatta to secure medical facilities for the injured. He also directed the DC to make arrangements to move the bodies to Karachi.
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