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One killed, two injured in bridge crumbling incident at Sardaryab

Rifaqat Ullah Razarwal

CHARSADDA: A driver was killed and two others injured when a bridge crumbled, plunging a heavy loaded trawler into river Kabul at a tourist place of Sardaryab here on Saturday, police said.

According to the Additional Assistant Commissioner (AAC) Yousaf Ali , the victims driver belong to Landi Kotal Khyber Agency identified as Ali Jan son of Rehmat Gul, and injured Faiz Ahmad son of Haji Mamoor and Amanat Ali son of Atiq Ali; a cleaner, while condition of injured is stated is critical.

AAC said the trawler was on their way from Lakki to Mardan fell down inward under the weight of 400 cement bags [20 tons] at Sardaryab bridge, the administration manage traffic to another parallel bridge to both sides of Peshawar to Charsadda.

Naib Nazim Musawir Shah concerns the parallel bridges have been built under British rule in 1937 are 300 meters, but as yet any government rulers has not taken steps for repair and maintenance.“Local government has no equipments to pull the trawler from the water and looking to Rescue Peshawar or Mardan”, Shah said.

“The people and trade are directly affects due to collapsing of bridge which links to Peshawar and Charsadda”, local fisherman Mohammad Jan said.

“Almost half a million people commute to the city as laborers and daily wagers. One can imagine what could have happened to them and their families. Did they go without meal? If yes, who is responsible? Government should build up it immediately”, local people said.

Local people were assisting rescue operations, with fishermen who raced to the site and pulling the victims out of the water, eye witness said.

A doctor, DHQ hospital Charsadda said two patients had been admitted after the bridge collapsed, “Administration will ensure speedy rescue and relief operations”, official said.

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