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At least 16 killed, 84 injured in Pakistan train crash

11 July 2019

At least 11 people were killed and almost 80 injured when two trains collided in central Pakistan early Thursday, officials said.

The fatal incident took place at the Walhar Railway Station in the Punjab province town of Rahim Yar Khan when the speeding passenger train rammed into the freight train.

People rush an injured passenger to a hospital in Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan, Thursday, July 11, 2019.

Ahmed said some of the injured passengers were listed in critical condition.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the train accident.

Khan said on his official Twitter account that he has asked the railways minister to take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railways infrastructure and ensure safety standards.

He announced compensation of Rs 1.5 million for the families of the deceased and Rs 0.5 million each for the injured, Dawn newspaper reported.

Jamil Ahmed Jamil said all passengers, onboard the Akbar Express headed to Quetta, had been removed from the train and track clearance operations were underway, reports Dawn news.

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According to a railways spokesperson, an information cell has been set up in Sukkur division for the families of the victims.

Fourteen of the dead were taken to the government hospital, with 66 people injured in the wreck also treated there, Liaquat Chohan, a senior hospital official, told Al Jazeera. The minister added that an investigation into the accident had been launched.

He said that the accident appeared to have occurred due to human negligence.

A National Assembly standing committee was recently told that there have been 384 train accidents in Pakistan since 2014: 74 in 2018-19, 67 in 2017-18, 78 in 2016-17, 76 in 2015-16, and 89 accidents in 2014-15.

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

At least 16 killed, 84 injured in Pakistan train crash