Dozens Killed As Two Trains Collide In Southern Pakistan

At least 40 killed and more than 120 injured after Millat Express derailed and Sir Syed Express hit it soon afterwards in Sindh province.

Dozens Killed As Two Trains Collide In Southern Pakistan
Soldiers and rescue workers move the body of a victim from the site of the train collision in Ghotki district in southern Pakistan

 

 

At least 40 people have been killed and more than 120 injured after a train collision near the southern Pakistani town of Dharki, officials say, with rescue work still under way to find survivors trapped in the debris. The collision took place early on the Monday morning near the town of Dharki, about 440km (273 miles) north of Pakistan’s

 

largest city of Karachi, the officials say. Senior Daharki police officer Umar Tufail said 40 people were all killed. The death toll was likely to rise as rescuers struggled to reach people trapped in several mangled compartments strewn across the tracks. One coach is also under the engine, and we can see three bodies trapped inside, he

 

 

told the media. Two other bodies have been reported elsewhere too, so we fear that the death toll will rise, Tufail added. Television footage from the site of the crash showed the mangled wreckage of the two trains strewn across the track, with rescuers using cranes and other equipment to try and reach those trapped inside.

 

 

People stand beside the bodies of victims who died in a train accident in Dharki town in Sindh province

 

 

The accident took place when eight compartments of the northbound Millat Express train derailed near Dharki, local official Razzaq told the media. The southbound Sir Syed Express passenger train also then hit the derailed compartments, he said. Rescuers are still trying to get

 

 

into at least two crashed bogeys, they are still removing the debris, he said. Equipment and paramilitary forces are there to remove the debris. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was also shocked by the crash, and ordered Railways Minister Azam Swati to reach the site of the accident also on the Monday. Have asked railway

 

 

minister to reach site and ensure medical assistance to injured and support for families of the dead, he tweeted. Ordering comprehensive investigation into the railway safety faultlines. The Pakistani military also said it had dispatched the rescue helicopters, ambulances and the specialized search and rescue crews to the site of the crash.

 

 

In this photo released by Pakistan Inter Services Public Relations, troops and rescuers work at the site of a train collision in Ghotki district in southern Pakistan

 

 

Engineer resources moved to carry out necessary relief and the rescue work, said a military statement and also the Army special Engineer Team [for] Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) being heli-lifted from the Rawalpindi to incident site also to speed up relief and rescue efforts. Pakistan’s aging railway system has seen numerous

 

 

accidents and crashes in recent years, with successive governments investing little in maintaining the tracks and the signal systems. In the 2019, at least 73 people were killed after a gas canister blast and fire on board an overcrowded passenger train also near the town of Liaquatpur.