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Sadiqabad train accident: Inquiry report to be finalised today as death toll rises to 24

The Express Tribune 2019-07-12 11:19:33

Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid stated the trains’ collision on Thursday which has resulted in the death of at least 24 occurred due to human negligence.

Talking to a private news channel, Rashid stated an inquiry report will be finalised today and those found responsible for the accident will be held accountable, Radio Pakistan reported.

The federal minister also announced Rs1.5 million as compensation for each of those who lost their lives in the accident, Rs500,000 will be given to those who are critically injured and Rs200,000 for those with minor injuries.

A deadly train crash in the southern Punjab district has killed at least 24 with scores more injured. Passenger train Akbar Express travelling to Quetta from Lahore rammed into a freight train at Walhar railway station near Sadiqabad in Rahim Yar Khan district on Thursday morning. The impact was so strong that several compartments of Akbar Express went off the rail while the locomotive suffered substantial damage, according to officials.

Train accidents are common in Pakistan, where the railways have seen decades of decline due to corruption, mismanagement and lack of investment. 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.