10 killed, 85 injured as two trains collide in Pakistan
Published: 01:34 PM, 11 July 2019 Updated: 05:47 PM, 11 July 2019
At least 10 people were killed while 85 others were injured when a passenger train rammed into a freight train at the Walhar Railway Station in Pakistan’s Sadiqabad on Thursday morning, reports Dawn.
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.
All passengers, onboard the train headed to Quetta, had been removed from the train and track clearance operations were underway, said Rahim Yar Khan deputy commissioner (DC) Jamil Ahmed Jamil.
Earlier, Jamil had said that heavy machinery was being used to remove passengers who were stuck in the train, adding that they were being provided with food and water.
A police spokesperson said that police, rescue officials and other relevant agencies were busy in the rescue operations. Authorities said the Pakistan Army was also taking part in the rescue efforts.
He said that ambulances from various areas in the district had started reaching the site of the incident in order to shift the injured to DHQ Sadiqabad and Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Rahim Yar Khan.
Rahim Yar Khan DPO Umar Farooq Salamat said that based on initial reports, when the signal changed on the track, the passenger train went on to the loop line where a freight train was parked resulting in the accident.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan offered his condolences to the families of the victims. In a post shared on Twitter, the premier offered prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured.
"Have asked Railways Minister to take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure [and] ensure safety standards," he wrote.
Last month, the Jinnah Express also hit a freight car near Hyderabad resulting in the deaths of three individuals and injuring several others. Following the incident, Rashid accepted responsibility and sought an apology from the nation.