Eleven killed, several injured as two trains collide in Sadiqabad

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At least 11 passengers were killed and 67 injured when a passenger train collided with a freight train near Sadiqabad on Thursday.

According to details, Akbar Express travelling from Lahore to Quetta collided with a stationary freight train at the Walhar Railway Station in Sadiqabad Tehsil of Punjab province.

The freight train was standing on the loop line when the passenger train instead of running on the mainline went on the wrong track. Three to four bogies of the passenger train derailed while the engine of the passenger train was completely destroyed.

District Police Officer (DPO) Rahim Yar Khan Umar Salamat said the deceased include one woman and eight men, while the injured include nine women and 11 children.

The injured have been shifted to Jinnah and Shaikh Zayed Hospital for treatment. An emergency has been declared at the hospitals.

A child and a man have been rescued from the train.

The DPO further said rescue operation is underway and hydraulic cutters have been called at the site to retrieve dead bodies. A control room and helpline has established.

Officials said they fear more casualties in the accident.

Eyewitness to the train accident said the accident occurred at 4am when most of the passengers were sleeping. The added, they rescued the passengers on their own from the bogies and that the rescue teams arrived at the scene of the accident till not much later.