At least 16 dead, over 80 injured in Sadiqabad train accident

Map of Rahim Yar Khan Pakistan

At least 16 dead, over 80 injured in Sadiqabad train accident

A collision between a passenger train and a stationary freight train near the central town of Rahim Yar Khan in Pakistan has killed at least 15 people, with more than 70 others injured, according to police and hospital officials.

As per a report in Dawn, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Rahim Yar Khan, Jamil Ahmed Jamil, said all passengers onboard have been evacuated and track clearance operations were underway.

City Police Chief Umer Farooq told reporters that the incident seemed to be result of a signal error as the driver of the passenger train suddenly changed tracks and hit a parked freight train, Anadolu Agency reported.

The engine of the Akbar Express appeared to be destroyed and at least three carriages were derailed in the collision, Salamat said. A passenger train rammed into a freight train in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing many people and injuring others, an official said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday directed the Railways Minister to take emergency measures to improve the decades-old infrastructure of railways to avert train accidents.

Authorities said Pakistan's army was also taking part in the rescue efforts.

He announced compensation of Rs 1.5 million for the families of the deceased and Rs 0.5 million each for the injured, Dawn newspaper reported.

Pakistan has a long history of train and road accidents, mainly due to poor infrastructure and a lack of safety standards.

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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