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Traffic crash video from India’s Hyderabad wrongly shared as Pakistan’s Hyderabad

Clip’s authenticity corroborated by registration of case by Indian police

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Claim: CCTV footage shows a speeding car crushing three people in Hyderabad, Pakistan.

Fact: The footage is from Hyderabad, India, and not Pakistan.

Content warning: This video contains content that may be graphic for some readers; discretion advised

On 5 July 2023, Twitter account @Karachi_Update posted a video (archive) showing closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage of a traffic accident as a speeding car crushed three people allegedly in Hyderabad in Pakistan’s Sindh province.

@Karachi_Update, which has over 26,000 followers, appears to post news mostly from Pakistan. It captioned the post as follows:

“*وائرل ویڈیو: حیدرآباد میں دلخراش حادثہ،تیز رفتار کار نےمارننگ واک کر رہے ۳؍افراد کو کچل دیا،میڈیا*
*Viral video: Heartbreaking accident in Hyderabad, a speeding car crushed 3 people who were taking a morning walk, reports media”.

Three hashtags — #Hyderabad, #Traffic, and #Accident — were included in the caption.

Fact or Fiction?

Soch Fact Check searched for news on the incident using the term “car crushes morning walk Hyderabad”. We found reports from multiple Indian outlets such as NDTV, Mint, India Today, Deccan Herald, Firstpost, and Financial Express.

According to NDTV (archive), three people — including two women and a child — were killed in the accident, which took place when the speeding car slid across the road at a turn on Hydershakote Road in Bandlaguda Jagir, a satellite city in the Rangareddy district of Hyderabad in India’s Telangana state.

“The incident took place when the three were out on a morning walk on the Hydershakote Main Road in Hyderabad. A surveillance camera captured the footage of the accident. The victims are the residents of Shanti Nagar Colony. Narsanigi police have registered a case and further investigation is underway,” the publication reported.

Mint reported that four other people were injured while the driver escaped; however, the suspect was caught, ABP Live reported (archive) a day later. Two of the deceased were identified as Anuradha and Mamta, the reports said.

The video was also posted by Press Trust of India (PTI) and Indian Express on Twitter here (archive) and here (archive) at 3:02 PM and 5:11 PM, respectively.

Virality

Soch Fact Check found the video posted on Facebook here and here on 5 July, as well as here, here, here, and here on 6 July.

The earliest instance we found — which carries the correct information in its caption but is posted by a Pakistani page — is here at 2:25 PM on 4 July. The caption is as follows:

“حیدرآباد میں آج صبح کی اولین ساعتوں میں دلخراش سڑک حادثہ ویڈیو وائرل۔ حیدرآباد شہر کے مضافات میں آج صبح رونما خوفناک سڑک حادثہ کا سی سی ٹی وی فوٹیج وائرل ہوگیا۔ آج صبح نارسنگی پولیس اسٹیشن کے حدود میں ایک تیز رفتار کار نے سڑک کے کنارے سے گزرنے والے تین افراد کو ٹکر دے دی، جس کے نتیجہ میں ماں بیٹی کی موت ہوگئی۔ مرنے والوں کی شناخت انورادھا اور ممتا کے طور پر ہوئی ہے۔ ان کا تعلق شانتی نگرسے بتایا گیا ہے۔ سی سی ٹی وی فوٹیج سے پتہ چلتا ہے کہ حادثہ أج یعنی منگل کی صبح 06:11بجے بجے پیش آیا۔
[A shocking road accident took place in the early hours of this morning in Hyderabad. Its video has gone viral. The CCTV footage of the horrific road accident that took place on the outskirts of Hyderabad this morning has gone viral. A speeding car hit three people who were passing by the side of the road in the limits of the Narsingi police station this morning, resulting in the death of a mother and daughter. The deceased have been identified as Anuradha and Mamta. They are said to be from Shanti Nagar. CCTV footage shows that the accident took place at 06:11 AM today i.e. Tuesday.]”

This video was viewed upwards of 141,000 times and shared 2,600 times as of writing time.

Conclusion: The footage is from Hyderabad, India, and not Pakistan.


Background image in cover photo: Shubham Rath


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