16 killed, over 80 injured during train collision in Pakistan's Punjab

Cheryl Sanders
July 11, 2019

The injured were shifted to nearby hospitals of Sadiqabad and Rahim Yar Khan for treatment where an emergency has been declared, Geo News reported.

The direction came in response to a fatal train accident between a passenger train and a goods train in Sadiqabad, resulting in loss of several lives and injuries.

A passenger train crashed into a stationary freight train in Pakistan on Thursday, killing 11 people and leaving more than 60 injured under overturned carriages, police said.

Railways officials said the passenger train Akbar Express was heading to southwest Quetta city from eastern Lahore when it collided with the freight train near the Walhar railway station in Rahim Yar Khan of Punjab province.

In a tweet, Prime Minister Khan said he has asked Railways Minister to take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure and ensure safety standards.

Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, the country's minister for railways told TV channel Aaj that an investigation had been launched to determine the causes of the incident.

He announced a monetary compensation of Rs1.5 million for the families of the deceased and Rs0.5 million each for the injured.

Fourteen of the dead were taken to the government hospital, with 66 people injured in the wreck also treated there, Liaquat Chohan, a senior hospital official, told Al Jazeera. The decision has backfired.

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

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

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