Train accident: PM Imran offers condolence to families of victims

Lester Mason
July 11, 2019

Twenty people were killed in the train crash and 74 were wounded, with some in critical condition, according to Javed Ahmed, a physician treating the wounded.

Jamil Ahmed, an official in the provincial government, said hospitals have declared an emergency.

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

Preliminary information suggests that the collision occurred when the signal was changed from the passenger train track to the line where the freight train stood, leading to the accident.

Train accidents are common in Pakistan mainly because of poor railway infrastructure and negligence of railway authorities.

Residents and rescue workers gather near the site after a passenger train collided with a cargo train in Sadiqabad.

In a tweet, Imran Khan said, "Saddened to learn of train accident in Sadiqabad".

Local media Express News reported that rescuers had to cut out the destroyed carriages to get the trapped passengers out, adding that the rescue operation was initially delayed because it took a while for the railways authorities to arrange heavy machinery from other cities.

Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the train accident.

Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed said an investigation has been launched.

He announced compensation of Rs 1.5 million for the families of the deceased and Rs 0.5 million each for the injured, Dawn newspaper reported.

Last month, six people were killed when a freight train collided with a passenger train in Hyderabad 165 km (100 miles) from Karachi.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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