Train collision in east Pakistan kills 16

  • Train collision in east Pakistan kills 16

Train collision in east Pakistan kills 16

At least 14 people were killed and 79 others injured when a passenger train collided with a freight train in Pakistan's Punjab province on Thursday, authorities said.

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

Ahmed said some of the injured passengers were listed in critical condition.

TV footage from the site showed the heavily damaged train engine and carriages, as emergency workers and local people used metal-cutting tools and heavy cranes.

City Police Chief Umer Farooq told reporters that the incident seemed to be result of a signal error as the driver of the passenger train suddenly changed tracks and hit a parked freight train, Anadolu Agency reported.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan took to Twitter to express his grief over the incident.

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

He announced a monetary compensation of Rs1.5 million for the families of the deceased and Rs0.5 million each for the injured. The minister added that an investigation into the accident had been launched.

The accident took place around 4 a.m.at Walhar station when a passenger train entered a service line and collided with a freight train, according to Railway Ministry spokesperson Ali Nawaz Malik.

A National Assembly standing committee was recently told that there have been 384 train accidents in Pakistan since 2014: 74 in 2018-19, 67 in 2017-18, 78 in 2016-17, 76 in 2015-16, and 89 accidents in 2014-15.

At least 13 passengers were killed and several injured when a passenger bus carrying over 50 people overturned near Attock area of Punjab province, local media reported.