At least nine people lost their lives in a tragic accident on Tuesday in Thatta, Geo News reported on Wednesday.
The tragedy occurred in the Chalia area of Thatta where a truck and a van collided head-on, resulting in the deaths of nine passengers aboard the van, as per the police report. Eight people died on the spot while another succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
All of the passengers who lost their lives were residents of Karachi, according to the police. They were en route to the Kenjhar Lake for a picnic, said police.
The deceased belonged to the Qazafi Town area of Karachi, according to police authorities. The deceased include Abdul Wahab, Abdullah, Tasbihullah, Noorul Wahab and Adnan. Their bodies were earlier transported to the Civil Hospital Makli.
Later, the bodies have been transported to Karachi, where six of them have been released to their respective grieving families, the Rescue sources said. However, the remaining three bodies have yet to be identified and have been transferred to the morgue for further examination.
The truck driver involved in the accident managed to flee the scene, leaving the police to investigate further.
According to a friend of the deceased individuals, Abdullah had traveled from Saudi Arabia to reunite with his family and celebrate Eidul Fitr. Speaking to Geo News outside the Edhi morque, he said all the deceased were friends.
Meanwhile, Sindh Governor Kamran Tessori expressed his grief over the Thatta tragedy and called upon Commissioner Hyderabad to provide a detailed report on the incident.
Governor Tessori has also instructed the authorities to ensure that all necessary medical facilities are made available to the injured victims of the accident.