Not less than 20 perish, 80 injured in prepare accident

–Freight prepare was stationary when the rushing passenger prepare struck it at Walhar Railway Station in Rahim Yar Khan

–PM orders ’emergency steps to counter many years of neglect of railway infrastructure’ and guarantee security requirements

RAHIM YAR KHAN: A passenger prepare rammed right into a freight prepare at a railway station close to Rahim Yar Khan on Thursday, killing not less than 20 individuals and injuring over 80 others, hospital officers stated.

The freight prepare was stationary when the rushing passenger prepare struck it at Walhar Railway Station in Rahim Yar Khan, within the jap Punjab province.

Rahim Yar Khan District Police Officer (DPO) Umar Farooq Salamat stated that it seemed like when the sign modified on the observe, the passenger prepare went on to the loop line, the place a freight prepare was parked, ensuing within the accident.

Jamil Ahmed, an official within the provincial authorities, stated hospitals declared an emergency.

Twenty individuals have been killed within the prepare crash and 74 have been wounded, with some in important situation, in keeping with Javed Ahmed, a doctor treating the wounded.

Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered authorities to offer the very best medical care to the victims and stated he was saddened by the information.

Khan ordered Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad to “take emergency steps to counter many years of neglect of railway infrastructure” and guarantee security requirements.

Authorities stated Pakistan’s military was additionally collaborating within the rescue efforts.

In a presser following the accident, Rasheed stated the collision, apparently, occurred as a consequence of human negligence; nonetheless, an inquiry fee can be made to search out the reality.

Ahmed stated that he had directed Railways’ normal supervisor to succeed in the accident website the place rescue work was ongoing. He additionally directed the authorities to hurry up the clearance operation.

The railway minister additionally introduced Rs1.5 million for the households of the deceased and Rs3-5 lacs for the injured.

Pakistan Individuals’s Get together (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari additionally expressed a deep sense of sorrow over the unhappy demise of harmless lives and adopted it up with a demanded of an inquiry in opposition to Ahmed over rising prepare accidents.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan, who all the time offers examples of resignations, ought to sack Sheikh Rasheed over his negligence in the direction of his ministry,” he stated.

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