QUETTA: A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has completed its inquiry in a fatal accident in which 27 people were burn to death in Lasbela and submitted to Chief Minister Balochistan.
The Government of Balochistan had constituted a five members Joint Investigation Team headed by Commissioner Kalat Division Bashir Bangulzai to probe the deadliest accident and find out the responsible showed recklessness that led to the collision between a passenger coach and truck.
The conclusion report initially held responsible drivers of the passenger coach and trailer who committed negligence on one of busiest highways in Pakistan.
“Despite knowing the rush traffic at Quetta-Karachi Highway, the trailer driver was taking turn while the Karachi-Turbat bound passenger coach was over speeded and hit the trailer.” Bashir Bangulzai head of the JIT said added we didn’t find any evidence of oil smuggling in passenger coach but the samples had been sent to forensic Lab Lahore.
“The speedy passenger coach hit the battery and fuel tank of the trailer which ignited flames inside the bus, some passengers managed to escape from behind door of the passenger coach but rest was stranded and burn to death.” Mr. Bangulzai said adding the passengers coach was also overloaded that toppled down it after the hit.
The JIT revealed that, the National Highway Authority (NHA) is responsible to display signs boards of sharp curve at RCD highway but due to lack of traffic safety sign boards the trailer took turn on one of sharp curves at Quetta-Karachi highway.
“Due to mountainous area often drivers unable to see ahead on sharp curves but from flexible engineering designs the curves can be better.” The JIT recommended in its report.
The report said, daily 800 vehicles passes from Quetta- Karachi highway but we don’t have any mechanism to monitor the fitness of passenger coaches and heavy vehicle and their speed limits.
“To avert human lives loss at National Highway there should be Emergency Health Units, Ambulances and Fire brigade vehicle at Quetta-Karachi highways.” JIT head said added the government should take steps to build Trauma Center and Burn Center at National Highway.
The Joint Investigation Team also recommended to expand the Quetta- Karachi highway into two way road the accidents caused by speedy take over could be prevented.