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2 trains collide in southern Pakistan, killing 35

Trains after a collision in Ghotki Pakistan At least 30 killed and dozens injured after two trains collide in Pakistan
Gustavo Carr | 07 June, 2021, 10:05

Two trains collided in Pakistan's southern Sindh Province on Monday, killing at least 30 people and injuring 50 others, according to officials.

He added that the Millat Express was heading towards the eastern city of Sargodha from the southern port city of Karachi, while the Sir Syed Express was going to Karachi from the eastern city of Rawalpindi.

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.

Rescue operation is underway at the site of the accident while the injured are being shifted to different hospitals.

Ghotki Deputy Commissioner Usman Abdullah said that 13 to 14 bogies had derailed in the incident while six to eight were destroyed. Around 15 to 20 passengers are reportedly still trapped in the wreckage.

An unknown number of people were still trapped in the tangled wreckage near Daharki in northern Sindh province, a railway spokesman said, adding rescue workers had called urgently for specialist equipment so they could be reached.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his condolences and ordered an investigation.

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"Ordering comprehensive investigation into railway safety faultlines", he said.

This image from a video, shows trains after a collision in Ghotki.

He said villagers, rescuers, and police were transporting the dead and injured passengers to nearby hospitals.

Train accidents are common in Pakistan, where successive governments have paid little attention to improving the poorly maintained signal system and aging tracks. But the network has seen decades of decline due to mismanagement and lack of investment.

The Tezgam incident followed after another accident on July 11, 2019, when the Quetta-bound Akbar Express crashed into the back of a goods train at Walhar railway station's loop line, near Sadiqabad, leaving 21 passengers dead and 85 injured. The same year, 74 passengers were killed, with 90% of them burnt alive, and over 40 were injured after three coaches of the Rawalpindi-bound Tezgam Express caught fire near Rahim Yar Khan.

A second train packed with passengers then collided with it and overturned.