40 killed, 100 injured as passenger trains collided in Sindh’s Ghotki district
At least 40 people killed and 100 injured when passenger trains collided in Sindh’s Ghotki district on Monday morning. The incident happened in Dharki area of Ghotki district. Emergency imposed in Ghotki hospitals to treat the injured of the trains collision.
According to a spokesperson for Pakistan Railways, the accident took place around 4 am after a Millat Express train headed from Karachi to Sargodha derailed and fell across the “down-track”. Due to this, it collided with a Sir Syed Express train coming from Rawalpindi, he said, adding that the incident took place near the Raiti railway station.
The spokesperson said a relief train had been dispatched from Rohri while officials, along with police and the local administration, were carrying out rescue efforts. He said that helpline centres have been set up for passengers in Karachi, Sukkur, Faisalabad and Rawalpindi.
He further said that some of the passengers from the Sir Syed Express train have been taken to the Sadiqabad railway station. “Railway traffic would be restored when tracks are cleared,” he added.
Between 15 to 20 passengers are still trapped in the wreckage of the Millat Express train and authorities are trying to arrange heavy machinery to rescue those people who are crying for help, said Ghotki SSP Umar Tufail.
Governor Balochistan, Justice (R) Amanullah Khan Yaseenzai expressed grief and sorrow over the tragic incident. He prayed that may Allah bless the departed souls and recover the injured of the incident.