October 28, 2021

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At least 40 people have been killed in a train crash in Pakistan

At least 40 people have been killed and dozens injured in a collision between two passenger trains in southern Pakistan on Monday morning. Some are still stuck.

A company spokesman said aides had been called to the scene to rescue an unidentified number of passengers trapped in the wreckage of the Millat Express near the town of Taharki in northern Sindh province. General Pakistan Railway. The accident took place on a railway line crossing agricultural lands in a remote part of the province. The train from Karachi derailed at dawn – most of the 1,200 passengers on the two trains likely to sleep – before colliding with another train coming from Rawalpindi, near Taharki, he explained.

At least 40 people were killed, Taharki police official Omar Dufail said. “One of the cars was lying under the locomotive, and three bodies were found trapped inside.”, He said, at least two bodies were found elsewhere, “It is feared that the balance sheet will continue to rise.”.

Live footage from cell phones shows metal debris and several green Pakistani railway cars overturned. They also showed a medical team that put an IV on a man who came out of the mess.

Recovery difficult system

“On the site [de l’accident] We have difficulty in arranging emergency services ”, Has added the head of the railways, in particular, to bring to the site the appropriate equipment to destroy at least six cars involved in the accident.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said to himself “Shock” And promised a full investigation. “I order a full inquiry into railway safety violations”, He promised Monday His official Twitter account.

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Train accidents are common in Pakistan, which has thousands of miles of tracks and trains since colonial times under the British Empire. In October 2019, at least seventy-five people were killed in a fire on a train from Karachi to Rawalpindi. In 2016, 21 people were killed when two vehicles carrying hundreds of passengers collided in Karachi.

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World with AFP