In Lahore, Sadiqabad, Akbar Express collided with the freight train and killed 16 and injured 58 passengers near Walhar Railway Station in Rahim Yar Khan.
Sadiqabad Akbar Express collided with Parked Cargo
A train was routed from Rawalpindi to Quetta and near Sadiqabad, Lahore, engine and six bogies destroyed when the train was switched on to the wrong track. According to the officials that the death toll may rise and unfortunately as they are trying to retrieve more dead bodies from the destruction spot.
Forty six passengers who got injured in this incident were taken to the Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Sadiqabad while 12 passengers who were seriously injured were taken to the Sheikh Zayed Hospital. Emergency has been declared in the Sheikh Zayed Hospital.
Rescue 1122 have been using 12 ambulances to bring the people to the hospital. At the beginning 11 deaths were reported, but now death toll has reached to 16 as more dead bodies have been recovered from the wreckage.
This horrible incident occurred in Sadiqabad around 4:30am. Bogies were cut out to save passengers, but due to lack of hydro-cutting machines, Railway authorities delayed the operations. Three machines were brought from other cities to be used by rescue 1122 to help the passengers. Moreover, trains were also ordered from Karachi, Lahore and Sukkur for help in the relief work.
According to the officials, rescue operation is over and no more people are left on the train.
Federal Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid called up an investigation:
Federal Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid said that this incident occurred due to the human error and an investigation will be conducted to dig the matter that who is responsible for it. He also said that station masters may be at fault as it happened due to human negligence.
The cargo train was already parked on the way and Akbar Express hit it because driver found himself out of time due to the speed and he could not apply the brakes. He also died on the spot.
Rahim Yar Khan DPO Umer Salman said that this is a big incident. The ASP, Hafeezur Rehman Bugti of Sadiqabad told that train operations on both sides of the tracks have been suspended.
A report submitted by the Railway general manager shows that Akbar Express was given a green signal from the station master and track was changed to the loop line and they diverted to the park track and hit the cargo.
Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has announced 1.5 million for the deceased families and Rs.500,000 for the injured.