At least 30 killed, 50 injured after two trains collide in Pakistan

  • At least 30 killed, 50 injured after two trains collide in Pakistan

At least 30 killed, 50 injured after two trains collide in Pakistan

Heavy lifting machinery was on the way to the site with many passengers still trapped in the wreckage.

According to spokesperson of Pakistan Railways, several bogies of Millat Express, which left Daharki Railway Station at 3:25 am, derailed and fell on the other track.

According to local media, some of the passengers were travelling by the Millat Express train to attend a wedding party but it was unclear whether they were among the dead or injured.

He said he expected the toll to shoot up as there were still mangled train compartments that rescuers had not been able to access despite the passage of hours since the accident in the Ghotki district of the southern Sindh province.

He said that the death toll is likely to rise as one of the bogies is still stuck in the wreckage.

"The site is far and that's why we are facing some trouble in the rescue work, he said, adding at least six wagons were destroyed in the accident".

"This is a challenging task". Army engineers and specialist teams of Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) are being airlifted from Rawalpindi to aid the efforts.

Heavy machinery and cutters are required for the operation, said Deputy Commissioner Usman Abdullah.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was shocked by the "horrific accident" and added that he had asked the railways minister to reach the site of the accident and ensure medical assistance to the injured and support for the families of those who lost their lives in the mishap.

TV footage showed ambulances transporting injured passengers to hospitals.

This incident came four months after a bus crossing an unmanned railway crossing near Rohri in Sindh was crushed by the Lahore-bound Pakistan Express train coming from Karachi on February 28, 2020, killing at least 19 people and leaving more than 30 injured.

"Ordering comprehensive investigation into railway safety faultlines", he said. Aijaz Ahmed, the driver of the train that collided with the derailed train told Pakistan's Geo News TV that on seeing the derailed train cars, he tried his best to avoid the accident by braking but failed.

Some of the injured passengers were listed in critical condition.

Photo taken with mobile phone shows people gather near derailed compartments of a passenger train in Ghotki district of Pakistan's southern Sindh province on June 7, 2021.