At least 30 people died and several sustained injuries after two express trains collided on Pakistan on Monday morning. According to Pakistan’s ARY News, Sir Syed Express train collided with Millat Express between Reti and Daharki railway stations in Ghotki in Sindh province.
Sir Syed Express, headed from Lahore to Karachi, collided with Millat Express after it derailed on the way to Sargodha from Karachi. Due to this, the bogies of the Millat Express train overturned.
Speaking to Geo News, Ghotki Deputy Commissioner Usman Abdullah said that around 13 to 14 bogies have derailed in the accident while six to eight were “completely destroyed”.
He informed that an emergency has been declared at hospitals in Ghotki, Dharki, Obaro and Mirpur Mathelo. Doctors and medical staff had been called on duty to provide medical aid to the injured passengers. Also, a relief train has departed from Rohri.
It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the derailment and the subsequent collision, Abdullah said.
“This is a challenging task. It will take time to use heavy machinery to free citizens (still trapped). We are also establishing a medical camp to provide medical aid to citizens,” he said.
Ghotki SSP Umar Tufail said that passengers are still stuck in one of the bogies and “we fear more casualties”. Authorities fear that the number of fatalities in the accident could rise. Rescue and relief officials were rushed to the spot.