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Train accident: PM Imran offers condolence to families of victims

11 July 2019

At least eleven persons were killed and 60 others were injured when the speeding Akbar Express collided with the stationery goods train, the Dunya News reported.

A passenger train rammed into a freight train at a railway station in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 20 people and injuring 74 others, hospital officials said.

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.

"The condition of three to four passengers is critical", he said.

TV footage from the site showed the heavily damaged train engine and carriages, as emergency workers and local people used metal-cutting tools and heavy cranes.

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.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered authorities to provide the best possible medical care to the victims and said he was saddened by the news.

He announced compensation of Rs 1.5 million for the families of the deceased and Rs 0.5 million each for the injured, Dawn newspaper reported. The minister added that an investigation into the accident had been launched. "There should be an inquiry against the minister since he is responsible for these accidents", Bilawal said. "The railways ministry is as inept as this government and public lives are in jeopardy - will the PM now ask for the minister's resignation?"

Deadly train accidents are not uncommon in Pakistan.

Train accident: PM Imran offers condolence to families of victims