Death toll from Tezgam train fire rises to 74

Death toll from Tezgam train fire rises to 74

Rahim Yar Khan (Staff Report/Agencies): At least 74 people including women and children were killed on Thursday when three bogies of a Tezgam train caught fire near Liaqatpur city on Thursday morning.

As per details, the train was bound from Karachi to Rawalpindi. The fire was caused by a cylinder blast that occurred in the morning when passengers were preparing their breakfast.

The fire destroyed three of the train’s carriages, including two economy class carriages and one business class.

The dead and injured are being shifted to DHQ Hospital in Liaqatpur.

Rescue 1122 teams have extinguished the fire and are now carrying out a cooling and search operation.

Army troops including doctors and paramedics have also been dispatched to assist rescue teams in the operation, a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations said.

An army helicopter was also dispatched from Multan in order to rescue the injured, the ISPR statement added.

Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his grief over the incident and directed authorities to provide the best medical treatment to the injured.