Published On: Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Published in Category: Islamabad

Murree accident: Fact-finding committee starts investigations

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RAWALPINDI: A three member fact-finding committee has been formed to investigate Murree accident which left 20 people dead and dozens others wounded, officials said on Thursday.

Secretary Transport Shoukat Ali will lead the committee that will also comprise Chief Traffic Officer Ishtiaq Shah and RT Secretary. The fact-finding committee is directed to submit its report in three days to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The committee, meanwhile, kicked off its investigations and noted statements of injured admitted here in PIMS for treatment.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has taken notice of the accident and expressed annoyance over non-implementation of the traffic rules by the officials concerned during inclement weather. He directed the administration to devise a traffic plan until Thursday and ensure its strict implementation. He also asked local administration to submit a report into the accident.

More than 20 people were killed and scores of others wounded after two buses collided in Murree on Wednesday night. The accident took place at Salgaran area of Murree. The area is a famous picnic spot.

Chief Traffic Officer Ishtiaq Shah said 20 bodies have already been pulled out of the crashed buses. According to reports, around 80 people were on board. Rescue teams shifted the bodies and injured to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Hospital.

PIMS spokeswoman Dr Ayesha confirmed that 19 bodies have been shifted to the hospital. After the accident, emergency was declared in PIMS and Polyclinic Hospital.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif expressed his grief over the accident and ordered officials concerned to provide best medical facilities to the injured.
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