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40 killed in Pakistan train accident, UK PM calls up Imran to mourn deaths

Rescuers and others looking for survivors at the spot of train accident in Pakistan's Sindh district on June 7, 2021. Photo: @RadioPakistan/Twitter

Karachi, June 7 (MNN) At least 40 persons were killed and nearly 100 others injured on Monday in a collision between two passenger trains in Ghotki district of Pakistan’s Sindh province, following which UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called up his Pakistan counterpart Imran Khan to mourn the loss of human lives.

A Pakistan Railways spokesperson said the accident took place around 3.30 am after the train headed from Karachi to Sargodha derailed near Daharki city and fell on the adjoining track on which another express train was proceeding from Rawalpindi, Dawn reported.

“As the coaches of the derailed train were infringing the down track, the driver tried to apply emergency brakes but the locomotive hit the infringing coaches at 3.38 am,” a PR statement said.

Six coaches of Millat Express derailed and five coaches overturned, while two coaches of Sir Syed Express train derailed and three overturned, it added. The railways said 31 people were killed and more than 100 injured.

The report quoted Ghotki SSP Umar Tufail that 40 persons had died. “Thirty-eight bodies have been shifted to hospitals and two bodies are being retrieved,” he was quoted as saying by the media report. He said that 25 injured were in critical condition.

The UK Prime Minister’s Office said that Boris Johnson spoke to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday afternoon and expressed condolences over the tragic loss of life in the train crash in Sindh.

“The leaders also discussed the current situation in Afghanistan. They agreed on the need to ensure a long-term future of peace and stability in the country. The Prime Minister reiterated that the UK will continue to use the diplomatic and development tools at our disposal to support the government of Afghanistan.”

In the morning, Imran Khan tweeted: “Shocked by the horrific train accident at Ghotki early this morning, leaving 30 passengers dead. Have asked the Railway Minister to reach the site and ensure medical assistance to injured and support for families of the dead. Ordering comprehensive investigation into railway safety faultlines.”

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