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Four killed, over 100 hurt in Multan train crash

MULTAN: At least four people were killed and more than 100 injured when two trains collided in Multan area near Buch railway station early Thursday, officials said. The accident occurred near the city of Multan around 2:30am when the Karachi-bound “Awami Express” passenger train rammed into a goods train which had stopped after running over...

SAMAA | - Posted: Sep 15, 2016 | Last Updated: 5 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Sep 15, 2016 | Last Updated: 5 years ago

MULTAN: At least four people were killed and more than 100 injured when two trains collided in Multan area near Buch railway station early Thursday, officials said.

The accident occurred near the city of Multan around 2:30am when the Karachi-bound "Awami Express" passenger train rammed into a goods train which had stopped after running over a man crossing the railway track.

"At least four people have been killed and scores others wounded," local district administration official Nadir Chattha told reporters.

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Local state-run rescue service spokesman Abdul Jabbar told AFP the number of injured exceeded 100.

TV footage showed rescue officials working around crumpled and overturned bogies in the darkness. Chatta said several trapped passengers had to be extracted from their carriages.

A three-day public holiday for the festival of Eid ul-Adha ended on Wednesday, with many returning from their family homes to the cities where they work.

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Railway official Saima Bashir blamed the accident on the passenger train driver, saying he failed to heed a red signal that went up after the goods train had stopped.

Train accidents are common in Pakistan, which inherited thousands of miles (kilometres) of track and trains from former colonial power, Britain.

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The railways have seen decades of decline due to corruption, mismanagement and lack of investment.

Last November, 19 people were killed in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province after a train's brakes failed and it sped down the side of a mountain.

In July 2015, at least 17 people were killed when a special military train fell into a canal after a bridge partially collapsed.

APP adds: Thirty one injured passengers of the Awami Express were under treatment at the Nishtar Hospital, and eight of them were in critical condition.

Eight people who were in critical condition have been identified as Abdullah, Karim Bakhsh, Shahid, Ishaq, Ali Bakhsh, Naseer, Uzair and Asghar Ali, the director Emergency ICU of the Nishtar Hospital, told APP here Thursday.

The remaining injured have been identified as Manzoor Ahmad, Ahmad, Sajjad Ali, Mumtaz Ali, Javaid, Zafar, Muhammad Sharif, Shahbaz, Danish, Yousuf, Rizwan, Ali Sher, Falak Sher, Ismael, Nabeel, Farrukh, Imran, Zarmina, Bashiran, Nasim, Zain, Usman and Mansoor.

Divisional Commercial Officer Railways Multan Tahir Marwat told APP that a counter had been set up outside the railway station for information to relatives of the injured passengers.

It may be noted that four people died in the accident including Sardar (40), Nasir (23), and 55-year-old unknown passenger.

The fourth killed person was the one who was hit by the goods train earlier due to which it had to stop at Buch railway station and later it was hit by Awami Express from behind. --SAMAA/ Agencies
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