Quetta 11th July: At least 11 people were killed and more than 35 injured on Thursday when a Quetta-bound Akbar Express collided with a freight train in Rahim Yar Khan, Radio Pakistan reported.
The accident occurred at the Walhar train station near Sadiqabad and according to DPO Rahim Yar Khan Umer Salamat, rescue operation is underway.
According to police, hydraulic cutters have been called at the site to retrieve bodies while both trains have also suffered significant damage.
The injured are being shifted to the hospitals of Sadiqabad and Rahim Yar Khan where an emergency has been declared.
According to the DPO, the accident occurred because the track did not change timely and the train went on the loop line.
President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the train accident.
In separate messages, they directed for the provision of best possible medical treatment to those injured.
In a tweet, PM Imran said he has asked railways minister to take “emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure and ensure safety standards”.
Meanwhile, Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid said an investigation has been ordered into the accident.