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Train hits bus carrying Sikh pilgrims in Farooqabad, 20 killed

The bus was transporting pilgrims to Peshawar

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 3, 2020 | Last Updated: 7 months ago
Posted: Jul 3, 2020 | Last Updated: 7 months ago
Train hits bus carrying Sikh pilgrims in Farooqabad, 20 killed

Residents gather around the wreckage of a van alongside a railway track following the accident between a train and the van transporting Sikh pilgrims in Farooqabad area in Sheikhupura district of the Pakistan's Punjab province on July 3, 2020. (AFP)

Twenty people were killed and seven injured after a train crashed into a passenger bus at a railway crossing near Farooqabad’s Jatri Road Friday afternoon.

According to the Pakistan Railways spokesperson, the divisional engineer has been suspended and Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed has promised action against those at fault.

The van collided with Shah Hussain Express traveling from Karachi to Lahore. The bus was traveling to Peshawar from Nankana Sahib and had 30 Sikh pilgrims aboard.

The Sheikhupura DPO said the pilgrims arrived in Nankana Sahib Thursday. And they were on their way back to Peshawar when the accident occurred, he said.

The railway crossing was closed at the time of the crash, according to the official. The driver attempted to cross the track from a nearby point.

Pakistan Railways put the death toll at 15, but Rescue 1122 officials said 20 people have died in the accident.

Sheikhupura’s Rescue 1122 teams reached the site and an operation was underway to provide medical aid to the injured people and shift them to the hospital.

Prime Minister Imran Khan took notice of the accident and has instructed that the injured people must be provided with the best medical facilities. He offered his condolences for those killed.

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  1. PROFESSOR DR. ALAY AHMAD  July 3, 2020 7:25 pm/ Reply

    Accidents never happen by chance .Exemplary action may please be taken against those who were responsible for this unfortunate accident .
    Furthermore, recite Duwa before one travels .

  2. Anonymous  July 3, 2020 7:36 pm/ Reply

    So many causes of road accidents , some of them are : poor road conditions,outdated vehicles ,drug addicted driver,lack of sleep of driver,fastest possible speed, color-blind-ness,deaf , lack of sensory coordination , fatigue,monotony ,listening songs,day-dreaming , over time , domestic affairs,poor economic condition of the driver , driving without driving licence ,harsh attitude of the vehicle owner ,hunger and thirst drives .

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