20 pilgrims killed in Pakistan bus-train collision
Published: 08:30 PM, 3 July 2020
At least 20 Sikhs pilgrims were killed and eight others were injured in a train crash in the northeastern city of Sheikhupura in Punjab, Pakistan in on Friday noon; confirmed Local district police officer Mohammad Gazi Salahuddin in a statement.
The Karachi-Lahore Express train hit a passenger bus at a crossing in Sheikhupura town around 1.30 pm local time, a statement said.
In a Twitter post, Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his condolences over the accident. He said the dead were all Sikh pilgrims. They were returning home from the shrine of Mr. Nankana. He said officials have been instructed to ensure medical treatment for the injured.
Police officer Salahuddin said there were 25 or 26 passengers on the bus. The bus driver was trying to take another route to avoid the long road as the rail crossing was closed. At that time, the fast moving train hit the bus. He said the dead included women and children.
A rescue official said all the injured were rushed to Sheikhupura District Sadar Hospital for immediate treatment. The bodies have also been sent to the hospital.
Pak Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid has directed the authorities to take immediate action against those responsible for the accident.
Local police spokesman Wajid Abbas said the dead were all members of the same family. The condition of the injured in the hospital is serious. However, no passenger on the train was injured in the accident, he said.