Two trains collide in Pakistan, 30 killed
Published: 10:30 AM, 7 June 2021 Updated: 07:33 PM, 7 June 2021
At least 30 people were killed and 50 others injured after two passenger trains collided in southern Pakistan early on Monday.
The accident occurred near Dharki, a city located in the Ghotki district of Sindh province.
Citing a spokesperson for the railway department, Pakistan's oldest English-language newspaper Dawn reported the accident took place after a Millat Express train - headed from Karachi to Sargodha - derailed and shifted to the "down track".
Due to this, it collided with a Sir Syed Express train coming from Rawalpindi, the spokesperson said.
Ghotki Deputy Commissioner Usman Abdullah said at least 30 people had been killed while 50 others had been injured in the incident. However, officials were facing difficulty in rescuing citizens as the bogies had overturned, he said, adding that the death toll could increase.
Speaking to Geo News, the deputy commissioner said that 13 to 14 bogies had derailed in the incident while six to eight were "completely destroyed". He said that citizens that were still trapped were a "challenge" for rescue officials.