Train collision in Pakistan's Punjab province kills 10, injures 66

At least 10 people were killed and 60 injured in a collision between two trains near Pakistan's Sadiqabad on Thursday, local media reported. The incident reportedly occurred when a passenger train bound for the western city of Quetta, crashed into a stationary freight train at the station in Sadiqabad, a city in Pakistan's Punjab province. Photograph:( Reuters )

AFP Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan Jul 11, 2019, 10.39 AM (IST)

At least ten people were killed and more than 60 injured when two trains collided in central Pakistan early Thursday, officials said.

The incident took place in Rahim yar Khan district in Punjab province when a passenger train coming from the eastern city of Lahore rammed into a goods train that had stopped at a crossing, a senior government official said.

"At least nine dead bodies have been retrieved," local police officer Omar Salamat told TV channel Geo News.

Salamat said 66 passengers were injured in the accident and had been taken to nearby hospitals.

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"The condition of three to four passengers is critical," he said.

TV footage from the site showed the heavily damaged train engine and carriages, as emergency workers and local people used metal-cutting tools and heavy cranes.

Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, the country's minister for railways told TV channel Aaj that an investigation had been launched to determine the causes of the incident.

In June, three people were killed when two trains collided in southern Sindh province.

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TV footage from the site showed the heavily damaged train engine and carriages, as emergency workers and local people used metal-cutting tools and heavy cranes.