KARAK As many as seventeen people including two women and two children were killed and seven others were critically injured in an accident when a passenger coach collided with a trailer in the Karak area near Kohat. According to sources, the coach was on its way from Islamabad to Bannu on the Indus Highway. The bus collided with the trailer approaching from the opposite direction near Pashano Ghundi. All the dead and the injured persons including a girl were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) Karak. As per police sources, eye witnesses and hospital sources the accident occurred early in the morning at about 5:40 am. Sixteen persons including two women and two young children died on the spot while one passenger succumbed to injuries at DHQ hospital Karak. Most of the passengers belong to District Bannu, Karak and District Lakki Marwat. Some of the dead bodies have been identified as Manzoor Alam, Zar Baz Khan, Gul Qadir Khan and his wife, Zaitoon Bilal, Jehangeer Khan, Dilbar Shah, Akhter Niaz Khan, Umer Deen, Muhammad Nawaz, Muhammad Qayyum, Matiullah and the driver of the coach. The other five bodies including one woman and two children have not been identified as no identity card or other relevant documents were there to be identified. The seven injured include Noor Aslam, Syed Faqeer, the driver of the container Zaqeem Khan and cleaner Haqdadullah. Three seriously injured were unconscious. Eyewitnesses told this scribe that the driver of the trailer was asleep due to which he lost control over the vehicle and the fatal incident occurred. Medical Superintendent of DHQ hospital Karak Lal Sharaf told this scribe that 13 dead bodies have been brought to the DHQ hospital Karak while the rest of the 4 dead bodies have been taken to women and children hospital Karak. He added that all the seven injured persons had also been brought to DHQ hospital and emergency has been declared in all the hospitals of District Karak for urgent and efficient treatment to the injured persons. The local volunteers and the attendants of the injured told this scribe that there was severe shortage of doctors and the necessary equipment and medicines in the hospital and the doctors could not given treatment to the injured till half an hour. The volunteers added that there was no diesel with the hospital administration for the ambulance to take the serious injured to Kohat and Peshawar and they had to collect donations from the people present on the occasion to the diesel to take the seriously injured persons to other cities. The volunteers added that police had also reached the place of accident one hour late and the local volunteers pulled the dead bodies and the injured from the wreckage of the coach and trailer. The injured and the dead bodies were taken to hospital in private vehicles and the ambulances of the hospital.