Sadiqabad train collision death toll rises to 24

Sadiqabad train collision death toll rises to 24

Rahim Yar Khan (Web Desk): The death toll from train accident in Sadiqabad has reached 24 after one more victim of the accident succumbed to injuries at Sheikh Zaid hospital.

According to District Police Officer (DPO) Umar Salamat, body of a minor girl was also found from the rubble.

On Thursday, Quetta bound Akbar Bugti Express collided with a goods train at Walhar Railway Station near Sadiqabad on Thursday morning.

The freight train was standing on the loop line when the passenger train collided with it instead of running on the mainline.

The carriages derailed while the engine of the passenger train was completely destroyed.

The rescue teams used cranes to enable them to pick through some of the twisted wreckage to find the bodies.

As per the officials, rescuers have pulled out all the dead and injured from the wreckage and they are now focusing on clearing the track. Work to clear the track will continue on Friday.

An initial investigation report into the accident said the failure of the signal system behind the Akbar Bugti Express crashing into the stationary freight train.

Federal Minister for Railways, Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said that an investigation has been ordered into the unfortunate accident. "The train accident occurred due to negligence and I have ordered an investigation into the incident," he said.

Rasheed further said all assistance will be provided to the families of the deceased and the injured.

He added, Rs1.5 million will be given as compensation to the families of those killed in the accident, while Rs500,000 will be given to those critically injured. Rs200,000 will be given to those with minor injuries.

Moreover, the remaining passengers arrived in Quetta. No railway official was present at the station when the passengers of the Akbar Bugti Express arrived in Quetta.