Three out of 33 deceased identified: Police issues list of injured persons

Three of the passengers who were burnt to death in road accident near Noorabad on late Saturday night have been identified.

The hospital sources informed that two out of 33 deceased have been identified as Bagh Ali Gopang of Taluka Mehrabpur,district Naushero Feroz and Odho Khan of Ghotki.

The remaining bodies have been shifted from Liaquat University Hospital Jamshoro and Hyderabad Branches to Edhi Mortuary Karachi on Sunday noon.

The Motorway Police while confirming the deaths of 32 passengers majority among them were women and children issued a list of 16 injured persons who have been identified as Shahdat Hussain s/o Mukhtiar Hussain, Pervez Shah s/o unknown, Muhammad Riaz s/o Khan Muhammad, Noor Hussain s/o Rahim Dino, Abid Hussain s/o Shakil Ahmed, Mumtaz s/o Abdullah, Sajjad s/o of Parial, Saddam Hussain s/o Abdul Ghaffar, Muhammad Umer s/o unknown, Ali Muhammad s/o Fazal Ali, Budhi Khan s/o Punnu Khan, Waheed Ali s/o unknown, Ghulam Muhammad s/o Khuda Bux, Ali Sher s/o Ahmed Khan, Abdul Ghaffar s/o Fazal Muhammad and Ahmed Khan s/o unknown.

The accident took place some 80 kilometers away from here at Nooriabad when Shikarpur bound bus of Al-Madina Coach dashed into an Oil Tanker No: C-2087, the spokesman of Motorway Police informed adding that after turning turtle, the bus caught fire.

The Deputy Inspector General Police Motorway Aftab Pathan who rushed to the spot after the accident has informed the media persons that the accident took place as a result of negligence of the bus driver.

He said that soon after the accident, the personnel of Motorway Police immediately rushed to spot and started rescuing the passengers.

At least 20 to 23 passengers managed to escape from the bus, however, 32 others majority of them women and children failed to survive and burnt alive, the Police said.

The Motorway Police immediately rushed to the spot and called ambulances from the department as well as rescue organizations and fire fighters from Karachi and Hyderabad.

The District Administrator Jamshoro Samihuddin Siddiqui and Dsitrict Police Officer Dr.Farooq along with other Police officers also rushed to the spot and monitored the rescue work.

The DPO informed the media men that around 45 to 50 passengers were onboard the bus when it hit the oil tanker which contained around 40 thousand liters of fuel.

After controlling the fire, the bodies of the deceased persons were taken out in decomposed condition by cutting the wreckages of the bus through gas cutting machine.

All the bodies were earlier shifted to Liaquat University Hospital Hyderabad and Jamshoro Branches in Edhi ambulances and after identification of two deceased persons, the bodies of remaining deceased persons were moved for Edhi Mortuary Karachi on Sunday noon.

The hospital sources said that due to decomposed condition of the bodies, the identification could not be made possible except the DNA test.