At least one person is killed after train derails in Pakistan

At least one person is killed and 40 people are injured after train derails in Pakistan

  • Eight cars of a Lahore bound train derailed in southern Pakistan early Sunday 
  • Accident took place between the Rohri and Sangi stations in Sindh province 
  • Lashari said eight cars of the 18-car train derailed, six fell into a ditch  

Eight cars of a Lahore bound train derailed in southern Pakistan early Sunday, killing at least one passenger and injuring 40 others, officials said.

The accident took place between the Rohri and Sangi stations in southern Sindh province and caused a temporary suspension of railway traffic in both directions, said Kamran Lashari, a railway official.

It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the derailment. 

A view of the derailed coaches of a Pakistani passenger train following an train accident near Sukkur in southern Sindh province, Pakistan, on March 7

A Pakistani policeman uses a torch to check the passengers inside the coaches of a train following the train accident near Sukkur 

Pakistani railways workers are seen working at the site of the derailed coaches of a passenger train following an train accident

Train accidents are common in Pakistan, where successive governments have paid little attention to improving the poorly maintained signal system and aging tracks.

Lashari said eight cars of the 18-car train that departed from Karachi for the eastern city of Lahore derailed and six fell into a shallow ditch.

Rescue official Muhammad Arshad said darkness and the remote location of the derailment hampered rescue efforts. 

Pakistani railways workers are seen working at the site of the derailed coaches of a passenger train following an train accident near Sukkur in southern Sindh province, Pakistan, on March 7

Pakistani army personnel are seen at the site of the derailed coaches of a passenger train

A view of the derailed coaches of a Pakistani passenger train following an train accident near Sukkur in southern Sindh province, Pakistan

He said the body of the woman who died and 40 injured passengers were taken to hospitals in nearby towns. 

It wasn’t immediately clear how many passengers were on the train.

Railway Minister Azam Sawati told a local television station that the accident was being investigated and the government would provide financial compensation to the heirs of deceased woman and all the injured.

A Pakistani policeman observes the derailed coaches. At least one person was killed and 40 others injured when several coaches of the Lahore-bound Karachi Express derailed near Rohri late Saturday night

Pakistani railways workers are seen working at the site of the derailed coaches of a passenger train following an train accident near Sukkur in southern Sindh province

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