At least 40 dead, dozens injured as two trains collide in Pakistan

Two passenger trains collided in Sindh, killing at least 40 people and injuring dozens

At least 40 people have been killed and more than 100 injured after a train collision near Daharki, a city located in the Ghotki district of upper Sindh, officials say.

Rescue efforts are still under way to find survivors trapped in the debris.

Rescue teams took the injured to nearby hospitals. Several are reportedly in critical condition. A medical relief camp has also been set up at the accident site to provide urgent medical aid to the injured passengers.

The accident took place at around 03:30 am after a Millat Express train, headed from Karachi to Sargodha, derailed and fell across the “down-track”, according to a spokesperson for Pakistan Railways (PR). Another train packed with passengers then collided with it and overturned.

“The Millat Express train left Daharki station at 03:28 am. Information was received at 03:43 am that the train had derailed at 03:38 am. Meanwhile, the Sir Syed Express train passed through Raiti at 03:38 am. As the coaches of the derailed train were infringing the down track, the driver tried to apply emergency brakes but the locomotive hit the infringing coaches at 03:38 am,” PR statement said.

As a result of the accident, six coaches of Millat Express were derailed and five coaches overturned, while two coaches of the Sir Syed Express train were derailed and three overturned, killing 31 people and leaving more than 100 injured.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was “shocked” by the accident and vowed a full inquiry.

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