At least three dead in Hyderabad train collision

KARACHI: At least three people died when a passenger train collided with a freight train near Hyderabad on Thursday.

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Station Superintendent Muhammad Rizwan said the Jinnah Express passenger train going from Karachi to Lahore collided with the freight train loaded with coal near Latifabad area of Hyderabad. The Jinnah Express crashed into the freight train possibly because the train driver wasn’t able to get the signal, he further added.

“A driver, an assistant driver and a guard lost their lives,” said Federal Railways Minister Shiekh Rashid Ahmed. “All passengers are safe”.

He said the matter was being investigated and a brief report on it would be released within an hour. Images from the scene showed the passenger train’s engine and at least one bogey severely damaged from the accident.

The injured were being shifted to a nearby hospital for immediate attention.

A team of Sindh Rangers has arrived at the site of the incident to assist the rescue operations.

MS Civil Hospital Dr Mubeen said that two bodies were brought to the hospital among which one critically injured passenger is under treatment. “As many as seven ambulances were sent to the site of the incident.”

He added that both the deceased and the injured have not yet been identified.

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly. 

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