Two passenger trains have collided in southern Pakistan, killing at least 40 people and injuring dozens more.
The collision occurred in the Ghotki District when a Millat Express train — headed from Karachi to Sargodha — derailed, and another train, the Sir Syed Express coming from Rawalpindi, hit the Millat Express.
Officials said that one train travelling in Sindh province had derailed and landed on another track. A second train packed with passengers then collided with it and overturned.
At least 40 people died and over 50 were injured after two trains collided in Pakistan’s Sindh in the early hours of Monday.
According to local police, around 13 to 14 train cars derailed, while six to eight were completely destroyed. Apart from the death of 40 people, Geo TV said that more than 50 others were injured and several passengers remained trapped under the rubble.
Pakistan has seen a string of deadly train accidents over the past years.
Between 2013 and 2019, 150 people died in such incidents, according to local media reports.
A senior official in the Ghokti district, Usman Abdullah, told Reuters news agency it was hard to know how many people were still trapped in the train.
“There are about six to eight bogies [carriages] that are totally smashed… there is a sleeper train, AC [air conditioned] class, as well as economy class, in which there were between 47 to 50 people on this side and around 50 to 60 people on the other train,” he said. Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was “shocked” by the accident and promised a full inquiry.
Hospitals in the area have been put on emergency alert 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.
Local media have cited officials as saying that a relief train has been dispatched to the crash site while helpline centres have been set up for passengers. In March this year, Lahore-bound Karachi Express had derailed in Sindh province. Later, a probe launched under the federal government inspector of railways (FGIR) had blamed the “poor condition of the track” for the accident in which a woman was killed and 13 others sustained injuries.