14 killed, 79 injured in Pakistan train collision

Elias Hubbard
July 11, 2019

Senior police official Umar Salmat told local media the collision took place because the passenger train was diverted onto an incorrect track at the station.

At least 11 people were killed and almost 80 injured when two trains collided in central Pakistan early Thursday, officials said.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan took to Twitter to express his grief over the incident.

At least 84 people were injured, with some in critical condition, according to physician Javed Ahmed.

The injured have been shifted to nearby hospitals of Sadiqabad and Rahim Yar Khan for treatment where an emergency has been declared, Geo news reported.

The freight train was stationary when the speeding passenger train hit it at Walhar Railway Station in Rahim Yar Khan, in the eastern Punjab province.

Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has announced compensation of 1.5 million Pakstani rupees for the families of the deceased.

Jamil Ahmed Jamil said all passengers, onboard the Akbar Express headed to Quetta, had been removed from the train and track clearance operations were underway, reports Dawn news. The minister added that an investigation into the accident had been launched. "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?"

Pakistan has a long history of train and road accidents, mainly due to poor infrastructure and a lack of safety standards.

Most recently, on June 20, three people were killed when Jinnah Express, travelling from Karachi to Lahore, crashed into a parked cargo train in Hyderabad.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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