ISLAMABAD  - The inquiry committee has found the Motorway Police , National Highways Authority (NHA) and the road constructor responsible for the fatal Sukkur road accident that had claimed 57 lives on November 11 last.

According to the documents available with The Nation, Federal Ombudsman Samlan Farooqui had constituted a committee to probe the bus-truck collision on Sukkur road. The committee, after conducting probe, held the road contractor responsible for the accident as he did not place sign boards of 'construction work ahead' on the road and the ill-fatal bus without reducing its speed hit a hump on the road and collided with a truck coming from the opposite side.

The investigators also asked the contractor to pay Rs 200,000 to each family of the deceased and Rs 100,000 to each injured as compensation. It also suggested blacklisting of the contractor for future contracts. The committee ruled out that condition of the bus was the reason of the accident, as its fitness certificate was found updated.

It also refused to accept that the accident had occurred because the bus driver was tired. "The driver had 20-25 minutes rest and taken a cup of tea just three minutes before the accident," the probe report reveals. The committee says that in three minutes time, the bus could not have picked up the extra speed, and the driver had lost its control after hitting the hump and collided with the truck.

The probe reveals that the hump on road for which no warning board was placed on the site was the main reason behind the accident. The committee held responsible NHA, Motorway police and the contractor for this serious lapse which turned out fatal for the passeangers.  It suggested a disciplinary action against the relevant officials of NHA and NH&MP for the crime.

The probe committee comprised former Secretary Imtiaz Inayat Elahi, General (retired) Haroon Sikandar Pasha, former DG (NAB) Sindh and M.A. Soomro, Member Regional Office Ombudsman Sukkur.