Saddened to learn of train accident in Sadiqabad.
At least 20 people were killed in the crash and 74 were injured, some in critical condition, Javed Ahmen, a physician treating the wounded, told the Associated Press. A passenger train rammed into a freight train in Pakistan's eastern city of Rahim Yar Khan on Thursday morning, killing 13 people and injuring over 70 others, officials said.
He said that heavy machinery was being used to rescue passengers who were stuck in the train, adding that they were being provided with food and water.
Senior police official Umar Salmat told local media the collision took place because the passenger train was diverted onto an incorrect track at the station.
Pakistan's aging railway network carries both passengers and goods across the country, but suffers periodic derailments and other accidents due to aging infrastructure.
The Akbar Express, heading to Quetta from Lahore, crashed into the freight train in Rahim Yar Khan district of Punjab province.
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The engine of the Akbar Express was completely destroyed in the accident while three bogies were also damaged, police said.
Residents and rescue workers gather near the site after a passenger train collided with a cargo train in Sadiqabad.
Prime Minister Imran Khan offered condolences to the families of the victims of the train accident today in Rahim Yar Khan, asking the Railways minister to take emergency steps to ensure safety standards.
Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has ordered an investigation into the accident.
He announced a monetary compensation of Rs1.5 million for the families of the deceased and Rs0.5 million each for the injured.