12 die as train bogies fall into canal near Gujranwala


GUJRANWALA: At least 12 people, including army personnel, were killed when four bogies of a special train fell into a canal and two others were derailed as a railway bridge collapsed near Gujranwala on Thursday, according to a tweet by Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Lt Gen Asim Bajwa.


Lt Gen Asim Bajwa tweeted that four bogies of a special train carrying military troops to Kharian fell over a bridge near Jamke Chattha in canal.

Another tweet confirmed that 12 personnel, including Commander of a unit, Lt. Col Amir have died. He added that eight bodies have also been found so far.

A relief train, carrying technical and medical staff, has been sent to the spot from Lahore, while two helicopters and other rescue teams have started relief operations.

According to government officials, as many as 80 affected passengers have been rescued.

Injured passengers have been shifted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Gujranwala.

The special train was heading to Kharian from Pano Aqil. According to sources, the train was carrying army personnel, travelling for a military exercise.

Local residents, divers and army personnel have been engaged in rescue operations.

All railway traffic has been disrupted on the route.

The pre-partition bridge was reportedly in dilapidated condition.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed concern on the train accident in Gujranwala. He directed to mobilise all resources to rescue the injured and restoration of the track.

Federal Railway Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said that a probe has begun into the incident, adding that possibility of sabotage could not be ruled out in the tragedy.

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