A road accident left as many as 16 people dead at Indus Highway near Manjhad town of Jamshoro district.
According to the initial reports, as many as 16 people were killed when the van they were travelling in overturned after being hit by a speeding truck coming from the opposite direction.
The van was heading to Hyderabad from Dadu when it got caught in the accident.
A woman was among those killed in the fatal road accident. The Station House Officer Manjhad Sadiq Solgani, while talking to the local journalists confirmed the death of 14 people. He said that those who died and the injured were being transported to different hospitals of Jamshoro and Hyderabad districts. He added that the truck had been impounded while its driver managed to escape the scene.
Another journalist, who reached the spot to cover the road accident, while talking to Minute Mirror, alleged that no effort was being made to rescue and shift the injured to the hospitals due to which fatalities might rise.
The victims belonged to a village near Bhirya city of Naushahro Feroze district and were going to Hyderabad from Kandario town. The relatives of the victims, while talking to the media, accused the government officials for their alleged callous and indifferent attitude towards the incident. They claimed that soon after the van was hit by a truck, no ambulance was sent to the site to shift the seriously injured to any nearby hospital.
“The death toll rose due to delayed shifting of the critically injured passengers,” they alleged.
According to officials, all victims were from the same village, were going to Karachi and Hyderabad to earn their livelihood.
PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in a press statement expressed his deep grief over the death of villagers and directed the high-ups of the Sindh government to probe the accident and ensure that no such mishap could occur in the future.
Haleem Adil Sheikh, the opposition leader in Sindh Assembly, in a statement held the government responsible for such road accidents and alleged that hospitals in the home district of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah were even deprived of basic facilities like ambulances.
“It is a matter of shame and regret that people had to propel the faulty ambulance to shift the bodies and injured to the hospitals,” he added and demanded adequate compensation for the families of the victims.