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At least 6 dead, 150 injured in train collision in Pakistan

The collision wrecked the engine and power van, and overturned four bogies of Awam Express. Photograph: (Reuters)

Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan Sep 15, 2016, 04.57 AM (IST)
At least six people died and more than 150 were injured today when a Karachi-bound passenger train collided with a freight train near Multan in Pakistan's Punjab province. 

The incident took place near Bucch railway station in Sher Shah area. The passenger train was en route from Karachi to Peshawar, Indian news agency PTI reported. 

The crash happened when the driver of the freight train stopped to take out the body of the man it had overrun on, said police official Nadir Chattha.

In the meantime, Awam Express heading on the same line collided with the freight train. The collision wrecked the engine and power van, and overturned four bogies of Awam Express, he added.

Ten people are suspected to be in a serious condition.

Three people trapped inside damaged carriages were also saved, said rescue workers.

A delay was initially observed in response by rescue services due to Eid holidays, according to sources. 

Meanwhile, authorities have imposed emergency at Multan's Nishtar Medical Hospital and Shahbaz Sharif Hospital.

Railway authorities have ordered investigation into the accident. 

(WION)
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