Train collision in Pakistan kills at least 16

Train collision in Pakistan kills at least 16

At least 20 people were killed in the crash and 74 were injured, some in critical condition, Javed Ahmen, a physician treating the wounded, told the Associated Press.

He said that heavy machinery was being used to rescue passengers who were stuck in the train, adding that they were being provided with food and water.

The official said that apparently the accident happened when the signal went wrong on the track, leading the passenger train to go on to the loop line where the freight train was parked.

In a tweet, Imran Khan said, "Saddened to learn of train accident in Sadiqabad".

The freight train was stationary when the speeding passenger train hit it at Walhar Railway Station in Rahim Yar Khan, the main city in eastern Punjab province.

As per a report in Dawn, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Rahim Yar Khan, Jamil Ahmed Jamil, said all passengers onboard have been evacuated and track clearance operations were underway.

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The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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

According to a railways spokesperson, an information cell has been set up in Sukkur division for the families of the victims.

He also demanded that the railways minister be held accountable for the tragedy. "Railway accidents continue to be a routine [in Pakistan] and the minister responsible is not doing anything about it". The decision has backfired.

Train accidents and periodic derailments in Pakistan are often the results of the country's aging railway network. Sadiqabad: 10 Killed, 35 Injured in Trains Collision.

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