Toll Rises From Deadly Pakistan Train Crash As Rescuers Comb Through Wreckage
Umer Jamshaid 7 days ago Tue 08th June 2021 | 11:30 AM
Daharki, Pakistan, June 8 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th Jun, 2021 ) :Pakistani engineers Tuesday combed the mangled wreckage of two trains that collided in a remote farming region, an accident that killed dozens and highlighted huge safety problems on the nation's dilapidated rail network.
Army and civil engineers have cleared much of the wreckage of carriages crushed like tin cans in the collision, and welders were finalising repairs to the damaged rails.
The Millat Express was heading from Karachi to Sargodha when it derailed, its carriages strewn over the tracks as the Sir Syed Express from Rawalpindi arrived minutes later in the opposite direction, smashing into it.
It is not known what caused the Millat Express to jump its tracks, but Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid -- a former railways minister -- described that section of the line as "a shambles", while current minister Azam Swati called it "really dangerous".
Usman Abdullah, the deputy provincial commissioner, confirmed the toll.
Khan Mohammad, station master at nearby Reti junction, said more lives could have been saved if they had just a few more minutes after the derailment.
"I saw a six- or seven-year-old girl trapped underneath the locomotive, her knee stuck in the track," he said.
"We somehow rescued her, and she was miraculously alive." But then the oncoming train hit.
"If there had been a delay of about 10 minutes, this accident could have been averted," he said.
The double accident happened around 3:30 am (2230 GMT) when most of the 1,200 passengers aboard the two trains would have been dozing.