At least 20 dead after trains collide in southern Pakistan

Map of Rahim Yar Khan Pakistan

The death toll is likely to rise as the condition of at least three to four passengers is said to be critical.

A collision between a passenger train and a stationary freight train at a railway station in southern Pakistan killed almost two dozen people and injured more than 70 others, hospital officials said Thursday.

The impact was so strong that several compartments of Akbar Express went off the rail while the locomotive suffered substantial damage, according to officials.

In a statement, he said he was saddened by the news.

Showing his grief over the deadly train collision in Sadiqabad, Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed summoned a detailed report of the accident. Many lines were constructed by British colonial rulers before 1947 and have not been upgraded.

The spokesperson said that as soon as they received information about the accident, Sadiqabad ASP Dr Hafeezur Rehman Bugti and a large contingent of police had reached the site of the incident.

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He told Geo Television: "I have ordered an inquiry".

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

He announced compensation of Rs1.5million for the heirs of the deceased and rs0.5million for the injured of the mishap.

A total of 11 people were killed and 67 others, including 11 children, were injured as a result of the railroad accident that took place in the Sadiqabad Tehsil area, the news channel specified. The minister added that an investigation into the accident had been launched. He said that action should be taken against those responsible for the incident.

PM Imran Khan has asked the railways minister to take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect in railway infrastructure.

Hydraulic cutters have been called at the site to retrieve dead bodies, officials said of the train accident.

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