Horror train crash kills 11 and injures 60 in sickening freight smash

Map of Rahim Yar Khan Pakistan

All passengers onboard, who were headed to Quetta, have been removed from the train and track clearance operations were underway, deputy commissioner Rahim Yar Khan, Jamil Ahmed Jamil said.

A speeding passenger train on Thursday rammed into a freight train in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province, killing at least eleven people and injuring 60 others, according to media reports.

Preliminary findings suggested either a railway operation systems fault or human error could be the cause of the "horrible" accident.

"The train accident occurred due to negligence and I have ordered an investigation into the incident", he said. In another incident, 13 people were killed and 34 others were injured when a passenger bus overturned. "At the moment we do not know how the passenger train ended up on the loop line", said Rahim Yar Khan DPO Umer Salamat. Hydraulic cutters have been called at the site to retrieve dead bodies.

Following the accident, police and rescue teams rushed to the site and shifted the injured to nearby hospitals.

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A National Assembly standing committee was recently told that there have been 384 train accidents in Pakistan since 2014: 74 in 2018-19, 67 in 2017-18, 78 in 2016-17, 76 in 2015-16, and 89 accidents in 2014-15.

Pakistan Army also took part in the rescue efforts.

Prime Minister Imran Khan offered condolences to the victims of a collision incident between two trains near Sadiqabad. Khan stressed the need to ensure safety standards of railways across the country. He added, Rs1.5 million will be given as compensation to the families of those killed in the accident, while Rs500,000 will be given to those critically injured.

Railway Minister Shaikh Rasheed Ahmad told reporters an inquiry had been ordered into the accident.

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