The death toll in Thursday’s Sadiqabad train accident has risen to 24. Over 90 people have been injured.
The accident occurred at around 4:30am on Thursday when the Akbar Express crashed into a parked freight train at the Walhar Train Station in Rahim Yar Khan’s Sadiqabad.
Fourteen hours after the accident, the tracks have been cleared and trains have been given the go ahead to operate.
The Akbar Express was going from Lahore to Quetta when it hit the freight train. Six bogies and the engine were completely destroyed. A report submitted to the Pakistan Railways general manager on Thursday said that the driver of the Akbar Express was given the green signal by the Walhar Railway Station’s station master but the train was diverted on the loop track where the freight train was parked.
Railway authorities have blamed the accident on human error.
The Pakistan Railways has issued a list of those injured and killed in the Akbar Express accident.
Two more bodies have been identified as those of 38-year-old Ghulam Muhammad and his eight-year-old daughter Janam. They were from Jacobabad. The 23rd and 24th bodies have not been identified yet. The latest body to be found was that of a young girl.
The victims and injured passengers were taken to THQ Hospital Sadiqabad and Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Rahim Yar Khan. The more serious cases were sent to Sheikh Zayed.
The hospital’s deputy medical superintendent, Dr Farzana, said that two deaths were reported at their hospital while the rest were reported at THQ Sadiqabad. The bodies have all been handed over to the families via Rescue 1122 ambulances and Edhi ambulances, she said.
Of the people injured in the accident, 50 have been sent home because their conditions were stable. She said 15 at THQ Sadiqabad are in critical condition and are fighting for their lives. There are seven injury cases at Sheikh Zayed Hospital, three of which are serious.
Thank God we have all the facilities and medicine available, she said, adding that they are performing all the tests and treatment free of charge.