At least 38 passengers died and dozens more were injured in a crash between two trains in southern Pakistan on Monday, the AP reported, citing local authorities. Paramedics are rescuing to rescue the wounded and victims’ bodies from damaged trains. The inhabitants of nearby villages also help them.
In Sindh province, an express train crashed into another train, which had been derailed shortly before. Both trains carried a total of about 1,100 passengers. There are still 15 to 20 people calling for help on the derailed train. Authorities are trying to find heavy machinery to rescue these people. However, according to local media, the machines did not arrive after four hours.
Dead and injured passengers are taken to nearby hospitals by paramedics, police officers and locals. Soldiers also arrived at the scene. According to some estimates, more than a hundred are injured and some are in critical condition.
The cause of the train derailment and subsequent collision is not yet clear. Ajjaz Ahmad, the driver of the express, who crashed into a derailed train, told Pakistan’s Geo News television station that when he saw the derailed train, he tried his best to brake, but he failed to stop the express in time. He did not explain how he managed to survive the collision.
In Pakistan, where little attention is paid to the maintenance of road signs and tracks, similar accidents are no exception, the AP said. In 1990, a crowded passenger train collided with a stationary freight train in southern Pakistan. The worst railway accident in the country’s history killed 210 people.
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