Pakistan train collision kills 65 people

[Pakistan Gottki]Two trains collided in southern Pakistan, and one day after the accident, rescue teams pulled out another 15 bodies from a crumpled car, killing 65 people on Tuesday. Said a government official.

The collision occurred on a dilapidated railroad track in the Gotoki district of Sindh. An express train collided with another train that derailed before dawn on Monday.

Most of the passengers (about 1,100 on both trains) slept when the Mirat Express, which was running between the southern port city of Karachi and Sargodha in eastern Punjab, derailed and many vehicles rolled over. Was there. As passengers rushed off, another passenger train, the Sir Sayed Express, collided with a derailed passenger car.

Rescue efforts continued from Monday to all day and until Tuesday. The bodies of passengers who died in the accident were taken home for burial.

Shafiq Ahmed Mahisar, Commissioner of the Sukkar district, said all bodies were recovered after an overnight effort. In addition to the 65 passengers who died, more than 100 passengers were injured, he said.

Army technicians and soldiers dispatched from a nearby military base assisted in the rescue, and a few hours later heavy equipment arrived at Gotoki and carved out several vehicles. After repairing the track where the technician occurred, the railroad service was resumed.

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Railroad workers rebuilding railroad tracks at the location of the train wreck in the Gotoki district of southern Pakistan on June 7, 2021.

Railroad official Arshad Khan said on Tuesday that the first investigation into the accident suggested that Mirat Express had derailed due to a broken seam in a recently welded track.

Sir Sayed Express driver Ijazz Ahmed said on Monday he saw a damaged train and braked, but he didn’t have time to avoid a collision.

More seriously injured were taken to more well-equipped hospitals in Sindh and Punjab, and more stable people were being treated at Gotoki Hospital, said Deputy Commissioner Usman Abdullah, of 65. We also confirmed the dead.

Passenger Ata Mohammad said he was asleep when the Mirat Express derailed. He woke up with a big shock and saw another passenger trying to get out of the overturned and derailed passenger car. Then the other train collided.

“I still feel like I can hear the screams,” said Mohammad, who lost his family in the crash, crying.

A 45-year-old farmer, Shah Muhammad, while working on his land, saw a train derail on a railroad track some distance away. He rushed to the scene, but before arriving, the second train collided with the first train.

“I don’t know if I can forget that tragic scene,” Muhammad said, telling women, children and men crying for help.

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Pakistani volunteers and troops working at the scene of a train collision in the Gotoki district of southern Pakistan on June 7, 2021. (Waleed Saddique / AP Photo)

Upon arriving at the scene, the villagers began to help the victims, dragging the injured and dead from the wreckage until an ambulance arrived.

The country’s rail minister, Azam Swati, said action would be taken against those whose negligence caused the conflict. The military said earlier that the rescue operation had been completed by noon on Tuesday.

There are many train accidents in Pakistan, and successive governments have paid little attention to improving poorly maintained signal systems and dilapidated railroad tracks.

In 1990, a packed passenger rushed into a stopped freight train in southern Pakistan, killing 210 people and causing the worst railroad accident in the country’s history.

By Asim Tanveer and Muhammad Farooq

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