At least 43 dead in double train accident in Pakistan. One of the convoys has derailed and a few minutes later another, which was circulating in the opposite direction, has hit the crashed wagons.
At least 43 people have been killed and dozens injured in an accident involving two passenger trains in southern Pakistan. Rescue teams have taken hours to free many of the victims trapped between the iron masses of the wagons. The accident occurred in the town of Daharki, in the province of Sind, in the south of the country.
The double accident took place at dawn, when most of the 1,200 passengers on the two trains were sleeping . The first train derailed and shortly after was hit by the other convoy traveling in the opposite direction.
“We fell on top of each other, but nothing serious,” explained Akhtar Rajput, one of the passengers on the ‘Millat Express’, the train that has derailed. “Then another train, which I don’t know where it came from, hit ours,” he added.
The ‘Millat Express’ had left the city of Karachi and was brutally hit by the ‘Sir Syed Express’ coming from Rawalpindi. According to the Minister of Information, the two accidents occurred within a few minutes . The Minister of the Interior, Sheikh Rashid, for his part, who previously occupied the Ministry of Railways, has pointed out that the tracks where the accident has been registered date from 1880.
Rail accidents are common in Pakistan, which inherited thousands of miles of railroad tracks and trains from colonial times under the British Empire. In 1990, in Sind province, a collision between two convoys, one passenger and the other freight, killed 300 people and injured another 700. More recently, in October 2019, at least 75 people they died in the fire of a train that made the journey from Karachi to Rawalpindi.