The Fact News Service
Karachi, June 7
Two passenger trains collided in Pakistan’s southern Sindh Province early Monday morning, killing at least 30 people and injuring 50 others, according to officials.
The accident occurred when the Millat Express train from Karachi to Sargodha derailed and fell on the opposite track and collided with the Sir Syed Express headed from Rawalpindi to Karachi, a spokesperson of the Pakistan Railways said.
The collision, in which bogies of the Millat Express train overturned, took place near Dharki, a city located in the Ghotki district of upper Sindh.
An emergency has been declared at hospitals in Ghotki, Dharki, Obaro and Mirpur Mathelo where injured were rushed.
At least 30 people, including women, have been killed while 50 others injured in the incident, Ghotki Deputy Commissioner Usman Abdullah told reporters.
Reacting to the train derailment, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that he was “shocked by the horrific train accident”.
“Shocked by the horrific train accident at Ghotki early this morning leaving 30 passengers dead. Have asked Railway Minister to reach site & ensure medical assistance to injured & support for families of the dead. Ordering comprehensive investigation into railway safety faultlines,” he said on Twitter.
Officials were facing difficulties in rescuing the people trapped inside the overturned bogies.
Speaking to Geo News, Ghotki Deputy Commissioner Abdullah said that 13 to 14 bogies have derailed in the accident while six to eight were “completely destroyed”.
Rescuing passengers who are still trapped is a “challenge” for the rescue officials, he said, adding that a relief train has departed from Rohri.
“This is a challenging task. It will take time to use heavy machinery to free citizens (still trapped). We are also establishing a medical camp to provide medical aid to citizens,” he said.