Pakistan train accident killed at least 30

At least 31 killed, more than 100 injured as passenger trains collide in Sindh's Ghotki district
This image from a video shows people gathering at the site of a train collision in Ghotki. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: Two passenger trains have collided in Pakistan, killing at least 30 people and injuring dozens more.

Local officials said that one train traveling in the Sindh province had derailed and landed on another track, while a second train packed with passengers then collided with it and overturned.

Rescue teams took the injured passengers to nearby hospitals and it is thought that several are in a critical condition.

Over the past years, Pakistan has seen a string of deadly train accidents.

A senior official in the Ghotki district has said that eight carriages were destroyed and that conditions were making it hard to rescue trapped passengers.

Imran Khan, Pakistan’s Prime Minister, said he was “shocked” by the accident and promised a full inquiry.

Footage from the site shows the wreckage of several carriages lying on their side and it is unclear what caused the derailment.

Several people were still trapped in the wreckage early on Monday. AFP news agency quoted a railway spokesperson as saying: “The site is far and that’s why we are facing some trouble in the rescue work.”

Hospitals in the area have been alerted to deal with the casualties.

The accident happened early on Monday when the Millat Express coming from Karachi derailed, falling onto another track. The Sir Syed Express coming from Rawalpindi collided with it and overturned.

Officials said that a relief train has been dispatched to the crash site while helpline centres have been set up for passengers.

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