Pakistan train accident: 36 killed in Sindh collision

Two passenger trains have collided in southern Pakistan, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens more.

Officials said that one train travelling in Sindh province had derailed and landed on another track. A second train packed with passengers then collided with it and overturned.

Pakistan teams took the injured to nearby hospitals and it is thought that several are in critical condition.

Between 2013 and 2019, 150 people died in such incidents.

A senior official in the Ghokti district, Usman Abdulah, said it was hard to know how many people were still trapped in the train.

“There are about six to eight bogies [carriages] that are totally smashed… there is a sleeper train, AC [air conditioned] class, as well as economy class, in which there were between 47 to 50 people on this side and around 50 to 60 people on the other train,” he said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was “shocked” by the accident and promised a full inquiry.

Footage from the site shows the wreckage of several carriages lying on their side. It is not clear what caused the derailment.

Several people are thought to remain trapped. “The site is far and that’s why we are facing some trouble in the rescue work,” said a railway spokesperson.

Hospitals in the area have been put on emergency alert to deal with the casualties.

The accident happened early on Monday when the Millat Express coming from Karachi derailed, falling onto another track. The Sir Syed Express coming from Rawalpindi collided with it and overturned.

 

 

 

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