No less than two individuals died, together with the practice driver, when a Karachi-sure passenger practice collided with an oil tanker in Punjab’s Sheikhupura district of Punjab on Monday night time.
Rescue personnel stated 5 individuals have been additionally injured within the accident. Minister for Railways Khuwaja Saad Rafique confirmed the casualties.
Rafique stated the oil tanker was caught on account of a damaged axle on the railway crossing and couldn’t transfer because the practice approached.
“Three carriages close to the engine had caught hearth after the collision, however the hearth didn’t impact the opposite carriages a lot,” stated Najam Khan, spokesperson for the Pakistan Railways.
Khan added that additional assist was additionally sought from Lahore and close by cities.
Firefighting automobiles battled in to the wee hours to regulate the flames and had extinguished a lot of the flames.
DSP Khalid Gujjar stated the accident occurred because the railway crossing was ungated.
The injured have been shifted to the district headquarters hospital for medical remedy.
The Shalimar Categorical was heading in the direction of Karachi from Lahore and had dozens of passengers onboard.
Earlier this yr, a practice crushed two motorised rickshaws on an ungated crossing, killing seven schoolchildren in Punjab’s Lodhran district.
Practice accidents are widespread in Pakistan, which inherited hundreds of kilometres of monitor and trains from former colonial energy, Britain.
The railways have seen many years of decline as a consequence of corruption, mismanagement and lack of funding.
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