Daharki: Funerals have begun for victims of the deadly train accident, now known to have killed more than 60 people while over 100 sustained serious injuries.
The accident happened at 3:30 am on Monday near Ghotki district when the Millat Express coming from Karachi derailed and fall on another track. It is not clear what caused the derailment. The Sir Syed Express coming from Rawalpindi collided with it and overturned.
Deputy Commissioner Usman Abdullah stated that it was hard to know how many people were still trapped in the train.
“Heavy machinery has been brought in to help to rescue those trapped in the tangled wreckage,” he added.
Reportedly, six to eight bogies were totally smashed in which there were nearly 100 people.
After getting information, rescue teams reached the spot and shifted the injured to nearby hospitals.
Several injured are in a critical condition, stated officials.
Moreover, hospitals in the area have been put on emergency alert to deal with the casualties.
Meanwhile, previous data from Pakistan Railways shows that there were about 757 train accidents between 2012 and 2017.
In 2019, a fire caused by a gas cylinder killed more than 70 passengers on a train that was travelling from Karachi to Rawalpindi, and another 20 people were killed in a train crash a few months earlier.
As per authorities, the major causes of train accidents in country includes lack of track maintenance, signal issues and old engines.