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October 20, 2010

Bus kills man

Sports

AFP
October 20, 2010

LAHORE
A 30-year-old man was crushed to death under the wheels of a bus when he slipped from the door of the same bus due to the sheer negligence of the driver in the Kot Lakhpat police area on Tuesday evening.
Police have impounded the bus and registered a case against the accused driver who had managed to escape from the scene. The victim was identified as Muhammad Ijaz, a resident of Kasur. An eyewitness said that the victim was waiting for a bus at Qainchi Amar Sidhu Bust Stop at around 7:30pm.
A local bus of a private company arrived there and the victim ascended to the bus and as he was standing at the door and waiting for the place to go inside the bus, the bus driver closed the automated door. As a result, he sustained injury on his hand and he lost his grip and he fell on the road. The bus driver ignored the entire situation and kept on driving the bus.
As a result, the victim came under the wheels of the bus and died on the spot. Police reached the spot and handed over the body to the victim’s family after identifying him from his identity card.
Police have impounded the bus and registered a case with no arrest till the filing of this report.
Urban Transport Owner’s Association General Secretary Arshad Khan expressed his grief over the incident and said that although the frequency of such incidents has been reduced significantly and although it had drastic consequences but it was a human error.
He said that the accused should be brought to justice and a thorough investigation should be done in this regard before holding either party responsible. He said that such incidents can be avoided by recruiting experienced drivers but the company in question prefers recruiting from their native rural villages which is one of the reasons this company is not a part of the association as well.
General Manager Bandial Transport Khan Aazam said that the witnesses at the spot had said that the boy who lost his life ran after the bus as it

was already leaving the bus stop and the door was on it way to being shut. He said that the conductor told the boy to step down but he tried clinging onto the moving bus due to which his arm was trapped in the door and as the bus hit the road in the midst of all this and in an attempt to free his arm and avoid the bypassing traffic the boy lost his grip and slipped.
He however assured that the bus driver will be made available for investigation within 46 hours so that justice be done.

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