Pakistan train collision kills nine, injures 66, says officials

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 11, 2019

A rescue operation is underway to help people get out of the wrecked train and recover the victims' bodies, the broadcaster said.

Railways officials said the passenger train Akbar Express was heading to southwest Quetta city from eastern Lahore when it collided with the freight train near the Walhar railway station in Rahim Yar Khan of Punjab province.

A collision between a passenger train and a stationary freight train at a railway station in southern Pakistan killed almost two dozen people and injured more than 70 others, hospital officials said Thursday.

All passengers were provided with food and water and later deboarded from the train.

According to a senior government official, Jamil Ahmed, hospitals declared an emergency and were receiving casualties from the collision.

ISLAMABAD, July 11 ― At least nine people were killed and more than 60 injured when two trains collided in central Pakistan early today, officials said.

In a statement, he said he was saddened by the news.

Up to four passenger cars have derailed as a result of the collision, the broadcaster added.

The engine of the Akbar Express appeared to be destroyed and at least three carriages were derailed in the collision, Salamat said.

A child and a man have been rescued from the train, the report added.

Pakistan's aging railway network carries both passengers and goods across the country, but suffers periodic derailments and other accidents due to aging infrastructure. Have asked Railways Minister to take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure & ensure safety standards,"he said in his tweet".

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