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13 die, 120 hurt as train derails in Balochistan

QUETTA/MACHH:  At least thirteen people were killed and more than 120 others injured on Tuesday when four coaches of a passenger train derailed in a remote mountainous area of Balochistan, Samaa reported. Rawalpindi-bound Jaffar Express met the accident near Aab-e-Gham railway station, a few kilometres from Machh town in Bolan district. The accident occurred after...

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Posted: Nov 17, 2015 | Last Updated: 5 years ago

QUETTA/MACHH:  At least thirteen people were killed and more than 120 others injured on Tuesday when four coaches of a passenger train derailed in a remote mountainous area of Balochistan, Samaa reported.

Rawalpindi-bound Jaffar Express met the accident near Aab-e-Gham railway station, a few kilometres from Machh town in Bolan district.

The accident occurred after the train's brakes failed as it sped down the side of a mountain, Akbar Hussain Durrani, Balochistan home secretary, said.

At least 13 people were killed and more than 120 were wounded.

"Among the dead so far confirmed, five are passengers, two drivers of the train and two members of the railway police," Durrani said.

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At least 300 passengers were in the train that had left Quetta station for Rawalpindi.

The army has joined a rescue and relief operation and will use heavy machinery to free victims, while a quick response force from the paramilitary Frontier Corps has also been deployed, authorities said.

A military spokesman in Quetta said that 26 seriously injured passengers were airlifted to hospital in two helicopters.

TV footage showed rescuers trying to pull the injured from the derailed cars.

Although there was no official word on possibility of terrorism, the derailment took place in a mountainous area of restive Balochistan where rebels frequently target government installations and passenger trains. - Samaa
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