What Do You Think Happened Next?

Posted on April 7, 2009
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Economy & Development, Photo of the Day, Society
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Adil Najam

This is a fairly old picture which I am sure you have seen in Pakistani newspapers or recieved via emails.

The picture shows a large truck carrying a bunch of other small trucks (interestingly the small trucks are very much like the large truck, a “Mini-Me” for those who get the reference). The large truck loaded with the small truck was stacked higher than the bridge-way it was passing under, and as a result the four vehicles at the top get their tops crushed. Of course, anyone who has driven on Pakistani roads is used to seeing over-loaded vehicles (here, here). But this image is different because it shows how the changing nature of our road infrastructure is forcing people to learn some elementary lessons the hard way.

My question, however, is very different. What do yo think happened AFTER the accident. I am really curious about what might have happened. It is obvious that there was a lot of damage? Someone had to end up paying for it one way or the other? Who do you think did?

Do you think the vehicles were insured? Did the driver get into trouble? Did the loaders end up paying for this? Or did the owners of the smaller vehicles being transported? Was the passage height marked on the bridge-way? If not, did CDA in Islamabad pay?

We see tragedies happening everyday, from accidents like this to suicide bombings. The loss of life is horrendous and overwhelms everything. As it should. But the economic and development costs are also huge. Property gets damaged, business loses value, people cannot work, economies go into a slump… and who pays for all of this. Who should?

27 responses to “What Do You Think Happened Next?”

  1. saadat says:

    this particular “accident” happened right infront of me
    i was driving to my clinic on saidpur road….being a bit late i was in a hurry on the new 9th avenue….
    the driver got it early on as i saw him ducking instinctively but he did not break but kept going ….stopping only after the muck up and considerable damage to the new gridge..not to mention his cargo of brand new trucks
    almost immediately most traffic braked to a halt and we had a mob…quite a spectacle
    one of those unfortunate events…eror of judgement..!

  2. bigtugboat says:

    Adnan, the little trucks are Hyundai Shahzore.

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