Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

11 killed, 60 injured in Pakistan train collision

11 killed, 60 injured in Pakistan train collision

At least 11 people were killed and almost 80 injured when two trains collided in central Pakistan early Thursday, officials said.

(MENAFN - Kashmir Observer) LAHORE - At least 14 passengers were killed and 79 others injured on Thursday when an express train rammed into a stationery freight train in Pakistan's Punjab province, officials said.

According to a senior government official, Jamil Ahmed, hospitals declared an emergency and were receiving casualties from the collision.

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

Preliminary information suggests that the collision occurred when the signal was changed from the passenger train track to the line where the freight train stood, leading to the accident.

The engine of the Akbar Express appeared to be destroyed and at least three carriages were derailed in the collision, Salamat said.

In a social media post, PM Imran Khan said, "Saddened to learn of train accident in Sadiqabad".

Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed grief over the accident and called for measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Authorities said Pakistan's army was also taking part in the rescue efforts.

Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed said an investigation has been launched.

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

Pakistan has a long history of train and road accidents, mainly due to poor infrastructure and a lack of safety standards.

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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