The bus was transporting pilgrims to Peshawar
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.