A collision between two passenger express trains in southern Pakistan killed at least 30 people on Monday in Ghotki. The death toll was likely to rise as rescuers were still trying to access several mangled coaches.
The train accident in the Ghotki district of the Sindh province in Pakistan occurred after the coaches of Millat Express, derailed, the coaches fell across the opposite track and ad a collision with Sir Syed Express. A spokesperson for Pakistan Railways revealed the details in a statement.
At least 30 dead had been transported to surrounding hospitals. Meanwhile, rescuers were still trying to access one of the coaches. Some 25 people were believed to be trapped. A senior district police official Umar Tufail told Geo News.
“Shocked by the horrific train accident at Ghotki early this morning leaving 30 passengers dead,” Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Twitter, adding that he was ordering a comprehensive investigation into [the] railway safety issue.
In February last year, another 20 people lost their lives in Sukkur. A passenger train had collided with a bus near Rohri railway station causing havoc in the area. In July 2020, 20 people were killed when the Shah Hussain Express train rammed into a coaster near Sheikhupura in Punjab.
The year 2019, meanwhile, proved to be one of the worst years for Pakistan Railways and its huge number of passengers as a number of accidents, including the horrible Tezgam fire tragedy in October, exposed wrong decision-making and incompetence allegedly on the part of the management while dealing with the department’s operations.
People are sad and condemnations are poring in from across Pakistan and the world. But, who will fix the faulty Pakistan railways?
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