Eight die in road accidents as fog turns fatal
18 December, 2013
LAHORE: Many vehicles collided with each other due to intense fog along roads, claiming lives of at least eight people including two women between Monday and Tuesday.
Massive fog across the province and especially throughout the city has caused delays in flights, trains and disrupted the motorway and other road traffic while triggering accidents and deaths in different areas.
According to details, a 14-year-old youth was killed while another injured when a tractor trolley hit a motorbike due to fog near Jiya Baga main Raiwind Road. The deceased was identified as Shahzad of Raiwind who was on his way on a bike along with his relative. The unknown driver escaped from the scene leaving behind his vehicle. The injured were taken to a nearby hospital where Shahzad succumbed to injuries, while the condition of other injured was said to be out of danger. Police registered a case and handed over the dead body to his heirs.
In another incident occurred in the wake of fog, a 45-year-old man was killed by speeding vehicle in the limits of Gujjarpura police. Police said the deceased was identified as Akbar, resident of Baghbanpura was on his way on cycle when a speeding vehicle hit him near Karol Ghatti and fled away, resultantly his death on the spot.
Similarly, two men knocked down by speeding cars within the jurisdiction of Shahdra and Khana police areas. The deceased were identified as Muhammad Ameer, resident of Jiya Mosa Shahdra and Nawaz Khan of Khana were crossing main roads in fog when speeding cars hit them and managed to escape form the scene. Both received serious injuries and were taken to a nearby hospital where they expired. Police handed over the bodies to their families after initial legal procedure.
Earlier, four people including two real brothers and two women died when two cars collided with each near Defence Morr Walton Road at late Monday night due to heavy fog and no visibility.
The deceased identified as Tariq, 25, and Ghulam Nabi, 35, resident of Kotlakhpat were on their way in a car when it collided in fog with another car. The other vehicle was driven by a female. Resultantly, five people received severe injuries. The injured were taken to a nearby hospital where Tariq, Ghulam Nabi, Mishal, 18, and Aneeza succumbed to injuries, while the condition of other injured named Anum was said to be critical. Police handed over the bodies to their family members after completing legal formalities.
"Patrolling officers of Motorway Police should perform their duties with full devotion and professionalism as accident ratio are increasing during the fog and criminal elements can also take advantage of poor weather conditions" said DIG motorway Mirza Shakil Ahmad. He also asked officers to make all out efforts to brief the motorists that during the foggy season they should make their travel plan and try to travel between 10am and 6 pm. He asked motorists to drive slowly, maintain safe distance, ensure that the fog lights and wipers of their vehicle are in working conditions and before the start of their journey contact Motorway police helpline 130 for guidance about road and weather conditions.
Similarly, the fog prevailed on the city whole day due to which a number of trains were also delayed along with the local and international flights on Allama Iqbal International Airport.
According to the Rescue 1122, a total 499 road traffic accidents were reported in Rescue 1122's Provincial Monitoring Cell in all 36 districts of Punjab between Monday and Tuesday wherein12 lives were lost and 445 serious injured were shifted to different hospitals of relevant district. However, some 233 victims sustaining minor injuries were provided first aid on the spot. Two people succumbed to injuries in Lahore, two each in Gujranwala, Sahiwal and Rawalpindi while one person died in Lahore.
According to the meteorological department, the weather conditions will remain foggy during the next two to three days yet the atmosphere will remain dry and cold during the specified days. The department has urged the drivers to avoid driving during the night because similar fog was likely to prevail at that time and could be risky.