30 killed, several injured as passenger trains collide in Pakistan's Sindh

Henrietta Strickland
June 7, 2021

The death toll is feared to rise as many passengers are still trapped in the debris.

According to spokesperson of Pakistan Railways, several bogies of Millat Express, which left Daharki Railway Station at 3:25 am, derailed and fell on the other track.

He added that the Millat Express was heading towards the eastern city of Sargodha from the southern port city of Karachi, while the Sir Syed Express was going to Karachi from the eastern city of Rawalpindi.

Local media have cited officials as saying that a relief train has been dispatched to the crash site while helpline centres have been set up for passengers.

A witness says about 100 people were injured.

"This is a challenging task".

A senior official in the Ghotki district was quoted as saying that eight carriages were destroyed and that conditions were making it hard to rescue trapped passengers.

Heavy machinery and cutters are required for the operation, said Deputy Commissioner Usman Abdullah. "We are also establishing a medical camp to provide medical aid to citizens".

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his condolences and ordered an investigation.

He said villagers, rescuers, and police were transporting the dead and injured passengers to nearby hospitals.

At least 33 people have died and 55 are injured after two trains collided in the latest crash on Pakistan's dilapidated rail network.

The premier further said that he has asked Railway Minister to reach site of the accident and ensure medical assistance to injured and support for families of the dead. Aijaz Ahmed, the driver of the train that collided with the derailed train told Pakistan's Geo News TV that on seeing the derailed train cars, he tried his best to avoid the accident by braking but failed.

In a rare and one of the most horrifying tragedies in PR's history, 74 passengers were killed, with 90 per cent of them burnt alive, and over 40 injured when three coaches of the Rawalpindi-bound Tezgam Express caught fire near Rahim Yar Khan on October 31, 2019.

On March 7, a woman was killed while 30 were injured after several coaches of the Lahore-bound Karachi Express derailed between Mando Dero and Sanghi railway stations near Rohri.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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