10 killed, over 70 wounded in Pakistan train collision

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10 killed, over 70 wounded in Pakistan train collision

At least 14 people have been killed and 80 others have been injured in a train collision at the Walhar Railway Station in Pakistan's Sadiqabad on Thursday.

Rescuers at the scene of the train crash in Rahim Yar Khan district in Punjab province of Pakistan on Thursday.

Doctors said the death toll might further rise as twelve of the injured were in critical condition.

Television footage from the site showed the heavily damaged locomotive and carriages, as emergency workers and local people used metal-cutting tools and heavy cranes.

The official said that apparently the accident happened when the signal went wrong on the track, leading the passenger train to go on to the loop line where the freight train was parked.

Prime Minister Imran Khan issued a statement of condolence in which he blamed the infrastructure of Pakistan's colonial-era railway network which has fallen into disrepair due to chronic under-investment and poor maintenance. "Have asked Railways Minister to take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure & ensure safety standards", Khan said in a tweet.

Jamil Ahmed Jamil said all passengers, onboard the Akbar Express headed to Quetta, had been removed from the train and track clearance operations were underway, reports Dawn news.

He announced a monetary compensation of Rs1.5 million for the families of the deceased and Rs0.5 million each for the injured.

He also demanded that the railways minister be held accountable for the tragedy.

Pakistani Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said in comments to the broadcaster that the collision had been caused by negligence.

At least 13 passengers were killed and several injured when a passenger bus carrying over 50 people overturned near Attock area of Punjab province, local media reported.

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