Ghotki Train collision : Death toll rises to 50,more than 100 injured
Many more died in the horrific train accident near Daharki, the death toll in the tragic accident has risen to 50, while more than 100 injured. Authorities fear the death toll could rise.
During the accident, several bogies of Millat Express derailed and came to the opposite track, two minutes after which the Sir Syed Express collided with the falling bogies.
Work is underway to evacuate those trapped in the accident. Rescue workers are accompanied by Pakistan Army and Rangers troops.
According to ISPR, military doctors and paramedics have arrived from Pinnu Aqil with an ambulance.
A team of Army Special Engineers from Urban Search and Rescue Rawalpindi and 2 helicopters from Multan are involved in the operation.
In a statement, the Pakistan Railways Directorate said 32 people had died and more than 80 were injured, that a relief train from Sukkur had reached the site. “Pakistan Army troops, police, the district administration and rescue workers took part in the rescue operation,” the statement said.
The process of shifting the injured and the deceased to hospitals has been completed, it said, adding that giving medical attention to the injured was of the utmost priority.
Restoring railway traffic is also a priority, it said, adding that officials had reached the scene to investigate the incident. Federal Railways Minister Azam Khan Swati will personally oversee the completion of an initial inquiry, it said.
Earlier today, the minister had visited the site of the incident.