Road Accident

Iron tripod crushes taxi, kills man

* Driver injured after incident at Shahrah-e-Faisal

* Construction work on bridge stopped


By Jamil Khan | KARACHI


 A 60-year old passenger taxiwas killed while the driver of a black cab was injured on Shahrah-e-Faisal near an incomplete flyover after a 30-foot tall heavy iron tripod fell on the cab early on Saturday.

According to eyewitnesses, including labours working on the site, the heavy iron tripod tripped because it was put up on soft soil. The tripod landed on the left track of Sharah-e-Faisal. “Even though the tripod fell during rush hour, only one car, a black taxi, came under it. Both the driver and passenger were trapped in the damaged taxi and were eventually rescued by people that had gathered at the site who shifted them to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC),” said Shakoor, a labour.

Later at JMPC, the passenger identified as Insar Hussain Zaidi, 60, was pronounced dead while driver, 45-year old Jahanzeb was admitted to the intensive care unit in a critical condition.

The police, traffic police, Cantonment Board Faisal officials and city government officials removed the tripod and shifted the damaged taxi to Shahrah-e-Faisal Police Station.

Karachi DCO Javed Hanif, Works and Services Department EDO Amanullah Chachar, Cantonment Board Faisal CEO Shahrum Khattak, and Base Commander Faisal visited the site after the accident.

Works and Services Department District Officer Khalid Masroom told Daily Times that it was an accident and sometimes the gears or clutches of a manually operated drilling machines that are attached to the heavy tripod become faulty, resulting in such incidents.

“We have already constructed 120 pillars at this site,” he said.

He further said that on the directives of the Karachi DCO, he attended Ziadi’s funeral prayers, held at Ancholi area.

It is important to mention that the work on the flyover at Sharah-e-Faisal near Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Base Faisal started two years ago with the aim of making Sharah-e-Faisal a signal-free corridor. The work on the project was stopped a few months after it started and work was resumed last month. This project is being completed with the financial assistance of Pakistan Air Force, the city government and provincial government.

Sources in the city government said that the bridge, which will be 355-meter long and will have 350-meter long ramps, will connect PAF facilities established across both sides of the intersection and will segregate the PAF traffic from the regular traffic flowing on Sharah-e-Faisal. “In a recent meeting, the city government made it clear that PAF had given its share worth Rs 158 million while the city government had also given Rs 158 million for the ongoing construction work. However the Sindh government has still not released funds worth Rs 130 million despite the pace of work and the fact that the construction will be completed in about two to three months,” sources said.

Sources further said that work on the section passing over the railway tracks has also stopped as Pakistan Railways has still not granted permission to continue construction but it is expected that the permission will be granted in the next few days.

“After Pakistan Railway grants permission to install concrete grids on the railway tracks, the final stage of completing the flyover will be carried out without further delay,” they said.

-Published in Daily Times | Jan 04, 2009

~ by jamilkhan on January 4, 2009.

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