At least 45 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in an early morning crash between two express trains in Pakistan, as aid workers and villagers worked all day to rescue survivors and fallen victims. Could take out
The call for help came at night when the passenger overturned or got out of the crushed train and locals rushed to the spot in Ghotki district of southern Sindh province. Heavy machinery arrived about 15 hours after the crash to stop parked vehicles so that people could still be considered trapped, although hopes for survivors are fading. The army deployed troops and helicopters to help.
Usman Abdullah, deputy commissioner of Ghotki, said the Millat Express train derailed at around 3.30am and was hit by the Sir Syed Express train a few minutes later. It was not immediately clear what caused the derailment, and the driver of the other train said he braked when he saw the derailed train but to avoid a collision. There was no time.
“The challenge for us is to get rid of the passengers who are still trapped in the rubble,” said Omar Tufail, a district police chief. According to Abdullah, the death toll continued to rise during the day, reaching at least 45.
He said the chances of finding survivors were dwindling but that light had been shed so that rescue workers could be allowed to work at night if needed.
More than 100 passengers were injured, and the critically injured will be airlifted to a nearby city hospital, officials said. According to railway officials, about 1,100 passengers were on board the two trains.
Railway Minister Azam Swati said engineers and other experts were trying to determine the cause of the collision, and all aspects, including the possibility of sabotage, would be investigated.
According to local media, some passengers were traveling in the Millat Express to attend the wedding. It was not immediately clear if he was killed or wounded.
TV footage showed ambulances taking passengers to hospital. Heavy machinery did not reach the scene about four hours after the crash, according to Pakistani TV stations.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan expressed sorrow over the tragedy. Imran Khan tweeted that he had asked the Railway Minister to oversee the rescue operation and also ordered an investigation.
Sir Syed Express driver Aizaz Ahmed told Geo News TV that he tried his best to avoid the derailed train by applying the brakes but his efforts failed.
Muhammad Amin, one of the passengers on the Millat Express, who is being treated in hospital for minor injuries, said that before the train left the southern port city of Karachi, he and his brother, who were also on the train Railway mechanics were seen working on one of the coaches.
Because of this he believed that there was something wrong with it but he was assured that everything was fine. Amin claimed that the train car he was working on derailed later.
Pakistan Railways Chairman Habib-ur-Rehman Gilani told Geo News TV that the section of the track where the collision took place was old and needed to be replaced. There were no details.
Train accidents are common in Pakistan, where successive governments have paid little attention to improving poorly maintained signal systems and aging tracks.
In 1990, a packed passenger train hit a freight train parked in the south, killing 210 people in the worst rail disaster in the country’s history.
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