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Pakistan train crash: Nine killed and 70 injured after a passenger train crashes into a freight train in Punjab

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11-Jul-2019

Dubai: Yet another fatal train crash within a month has left nine passengers dead and around 70 injured in Sadiqabad - a city in Southern Punjab of Pakistan.
 
Emergency crew working on the spot say the number of casualties may go up as the rescue operation continues
 
The accident happened in early hours of Thursday when Akbar Express Train travelling from Quetta to Lahore collided with a stationary freight train at the Walhar Railway Station in Sadiqabad Tehsil of Punjab province.
 
District Police Officer (DPO) Rahim Yar Khan Umar Salamat said the deceased include one woman and eight men, while the injured include nine women and 11 children.
 
The injured have been shifted to nearby hospitals of Sadiqabad and Rahim Yar Khan for treatment where an emergency has been declared, Geo Tv reported.
 
The DPO Salamat said rescue operation is underway and hydraulic cutters have been called at the site to retrieve dead bodies. A control room and helpline has established. Officials say they fear more casualties in the accident
 
Earlier on June 20, at least three people had died in a fatal train accident after a freight train had collided with a passenger train near Hyderabad.
 
In his tweet, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed condolences to the families of the train crash victims. "Saddened to learn of train accident in Sadiqabad. My condolences to the victims families and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured. Have asked Railways Minister to take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure & ensure safety standards.
 
Pakistan's Railway Ministry Shaikh Rashid Ahmed has expressed sorrow on the accident and has ordered an immediate inquiry.
 

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