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Train accident leaves 30 dead in Pakistan

Jack Arthur

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2 trains collided in Pakistan’s southeast province of Sindh today. 30 people have been reported dead and dozens more are injured.

The Millat Express had derailed and was soon hit by Sir Syed Express. Rescue workers and villagers worked together to remove bodies from the wreckage. Between 15 to 20 people are still trapped inside the trains. Heavy machines are being called for to aid the rescue, says Umar Tufail, a police chief from the district. Albeit, 4 hours after the crash the victims are still waiting for help.

Over a thousand people were collectively on board the trains when they collided.

The military has released a statement that says:

Two helicopters are being flown from Multan for casualties evacuation and speedy relief measures

At this time, it is not known what caused the Millat Express to derail. Officials have ordered an investigation into the crash.

Reportedly, train accidents are not a rare occurrence in Pakistan, sometimes caused by unmanned railway crossings.

Last week 9 died in a train accident in China and last month over 200 people were injured in a train accident in Malaysia.

SOURCE: BBC Aljazeera

 

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