Journalist among eight killed in accident
ISLAMABAD, April 10,2005: Eight persons, including a journalist of a national daily and a minor, were killed and 12 others wounded when a trailer smashed into a Bannu-bound passenger coach near Tarnol in the wee hours of Saturday, police said.
According to the hospital sources, three of the wounded persons were in critical condition. Ainuddin, a passenger who survived the accident, told reporters in the District Headquarters Hospital, Rawalpindi that a passenger coach (LXC-1155) left for Bannu at 3am from Islamabad, carrying 19 passengers and bundles of two dailies. When it neared Tarnol, a speeding trailer (JML-3215) rammed into it.
“All of us in coach were sleeping when a heavy trailer hit the coach that spun and turned turtle,” another survivor told this scribe.
Locals and volunteers pulled out dead bodies and wounded passengers and rushed to the District Headquarters Hospital,” he said, adding that seven persons had already expired when they were pulled out of the wreckage. Noorullah Khan, sub-editor of an Islamabad-based English daily, was also among the dead.
Inayatullah Khan, Hakimullah, Naveed Iqbal, Abdul Hadi (driver of the coach), Gul Mushtaq Khan and six-year-old Alian – all belonging to Bannu – died on the spot while Noor Muhammad succumbed to injuries at the hospital.
Source: The News