associate sponsors


Pakistan: Two trains collide in Karachi; 17 people killed, 50 injured

Karachi: At least 17 people were killed and 50 others injured on Thursday after a passenger train crashed into a stationary train in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi.

The accident occurred in Gaddafi Town in Landhi area here at 7.18 am when Zakaria Express collided with the stationary Fareed Express at Juma Goth Train station. Two bogies of Fareed Express and one bogie of Zakaria Express were completely destroyed in the collision.

A Pakistani security personnel stands guard at the site of train accident which in Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. Pakistani officials say a train crash has killed dozens of people in the southern port city. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

The accident occurred in Gaddafi Town in Landhi area. AP

TV footage showed mangled and overturned carriages, and local media reported rescuers were working to free people trapped in the wreckage.

Fareed Express was coming to Karachi from Lahore, while Zakaria Express had set off from Multan.

According to initial investigation, the driver of Zakaria Express ignored the signal, Geo News reported.

As many as 17 bodies and 50 injured have been brought to Jinnah Hospital, said Dr. Seemi Jamali, Head of Emergency Department at the hospital.

"Many among the injured have head injuries and some are in critical condition," she added.

The crash resulted in traffic jam, and ambulances carrying the injured got stuck on the roads.

All trains from Karachi have been suspended till rescue work is completed.

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in accident.

Sharif ordered immediate inquiry into the accident and directed authorities to provide medical facilities to the injured.

Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique announced Rs 1,000,000 as compensation for the dead and Rs 500,000 for the injured.

In September, six persons were killed and over 150 others injured when a Karachi-bound passenger train rammed into a stationary freight train near Multan in Punjab province in a pre-dawn accident.

Updated Date: Nov 03, 2016 11:58 AM

Also Watch

Firstpost in Russia: Moscow to St. Petersburg, on a free World Cup train
  • Monday, July 2, 2018 Social Media Star: Richa Chadha, Kunal Kamra talk about their political views, and why they speak their mind
  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018 It's A Wrap: Swara Bhasker talks about Veere Di Wedding and Twitter trolls, in conversation with Parul Sharma
  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018 Rahul Gandhi turns 48: Congress chief, who once said 'power is poison', should focus on party rather than on 'hate Modi' mission
  • Monday, June 4, 2018 It's A Wrap: Bhavesh Joshi Superhero makers Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane in conversation with Parul Sharma

Also See