Wednesday, 17 July, 2019

10 killed, 35 injured in trains collision in Pakistan's Sadiqabad

Pak-railway2-750 Residents and rescue workers gather near the site after a passenger train collided with a cargo train in Sadiqabad. Reuters
Patty Aguilar | 13 July, 2019, 11:12

Six people died last month when a freight train collided with a passenger train in Hyderabad 165 km (100 miles) from Karachi.

In a similar accident last month, the Jinnah Express hit a freight vehicle near Hyderabad resulting in the deaths of three people and injuring several others.

The death toll of the collision between a passenger train and a freight train in Pakistan's eastern district of Rahim Yar Khan on Thursday morning has risen to 21, police said late Thursday.

The engine of the Akbar Express was completely destroyed in the accident while three bogies were also damaged, police said.

Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, the country's minister for railways told TV channel Aaj that an investigation had been launched to determine the causes of the incident.

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Train accidents in Pakistan are often the result of poor railway infrastructure and official negligence. Many lines were constructed by British colonial rulers before 1947 and have not been upgraded.

Pakistan Army personnel also reached the site and participated in rescue and relief operation, he added. A passenger train rammed into a freight train in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing many people and injuring others, an official said. He added, Rs1.5 million will be given as compensation to the families of those killed in the accident, while Rs500,000 will be given to those critically injured.

He told Geo Television: "I have ordered an inquiry".

For his part, Prime Minister Imran Khan has instructed Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Minister of Railways, to take urgent steps to improve railway infrastructure and ensure safety standards. According to a spokesperson for Pakistan Railways, an information cell has been set up in Sukkur division for the families of those injured and killed in the accident. He said that action should be taken against those responsible for the incident. "The railways ministry is as inept as this government and public lives are in jeopardy - will the PM now ask for the minister's resignation?"

Residents and rescue workers gather near the site after a passenger train collided with a cargo train in Sadiqabad.

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