20 killed, over 80 injured in train accident near Sadiqabad

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SADIQABAD: At 20 people were killed and more than 80 were injured when Quetta bound Akbar Express collided with a freight train at Walhar near Sadiqabad on Thursday morning.
According to DPO Rahim Yar Khan Umer Salamat, rescue operation is underway. Hydraulic cutters have been called at the site to retrieve the dead bodies. The army rescue also reached the spot and started rescue operaton.
Injured were shifted to the hospitals in Sadiqabad and Rahim Yar Khan where emergency has been declared.
The freight train was standing on the loop line when the passenger train instead of running on the mainline went on the wrong track. Three to four bogies of the passenger train derailed while the engine of the passenger train was completely destroyed.
According to initial reports, 11 people had lost their lives while, over 60 had sustained injuries in the accident.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commisioner Rahim Yar Khan has established a control room to provide necessary information to the victim families. The numbers of control room are 068-9230109 and 0300-9402579.
Meanwhile, President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the train accident near Sadiqabad.
In their separate messages, they directed to provide best possible medical treatment to the injured.
In a tweet, Prime Minister Imran Khan said he has asked Railways Minister to take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure and ensure safety standards.
Meanwhile, Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid said investigation has been ordered into the unfortunate accident.
Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan has also expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the train accident.

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