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Express Trains Collide In Pakistan, 38 Passengers Dead (Pictures) by fergie0o1: 11:25am On Jun 07
Officials: 2 trains collide in southern Pakistan, killing 38

Two express trains collided in southern Pakistan early on Monday, killing at least 38 passengers, authorities said, as rescuers and villagers worked to pull injured people and bodies from the wreckage.

The pre-dawn collision took place in the district of Ghotki, in Sindh province. The Millat Express train derailed and the Sir Syed Express train hit it soon afterward, said Usman Abdullah, a deputy commissioner. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the derailment and the subsequent collision.

Cries for help pierced the night as survivors scrambled to get out and local villagers rushed to the scene to help. As daylight broke, up to 20 passengers remained trapped in the wreckage of the Millat Express and authorities were trying to arrange heavy machinery to rescue those still trapped, said Umar Tufail, a police chief in the district.

“The challenge for us is to quickly rescue those passengers who are still trapped in the wreckage,” Tufail said. The death toll steadily rose through the morning, and hours later, Abdullah said it had increased to at least 38. Dozens were injured.

Earlier, Azam Swati, minister for railways who headed to the scene of the crash, told The Associated Press that engineers and experts were trying to determine what caused the collision, and that all aspects would be examined, including the possibility of sabotage.

According to railway officials, about 1,100 passengers were on board the two trains, and arrangements were also being made to assist the survivors.

The military said troops were participating in the relief and rescue. It said military doctors and ambulances were dispatched from a nearby city and a team of military engineers was sent to Ghotki by helicopter.

According to local media, some of the passengers were traveling by the Millat Express train to attend a wedding party but it was unclear whether they were among the dead or injured. TV footage showed ambulances transporting injured passengers to hospitals. According to Pakistani TV stations, heavy machinery had not reached the scene about four hours after the crash.

Aijaz Ahmed, the driver of the Sir Syed Express told Pakistan’s Geo News TV that on seeing the derailed train, he tried his best to avoid the accident by braking but failed. He did not explain how he survived.

At nearby hospitals, some of the injured passengers were listed in critical condition. Malik Aslam, a local villager, told Pakistan’s Geo News TV that about 100 people were injured and that he had counted at least 30 bodies while helping with the rescue work.

Mohammad Amin, one of the passengers on the Millat Express who had minor injuries, told the AP from a hospital that before the train departed from the southern port city of Karachi, he and his brother, who was also on the train, saw railway mechanics working one of the coaches.

That led them to believe there was something wrong with it but they were reassured all was fine. The train car that was being worked on was the one that later derailed, Amin claimed.

Habibur Rehman Gilani, chairman of Pakistan Railways, told Geo News TV that the segment of the railway tracks where the accident took place was old and needed replacing. He did not elaborate.

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

In 1990, a packed passenger plowed into a standing freight train in southern Pakistan, killing 210 people in the worst rail disaster in Pakistan’s history.

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PM @ImranKhanPTI expresses grief over the horrific train accident at Ghotki, which claimed lives of 30 passengers. The PM has asked Railway Minister to provide all-out support to the bereaved families, and has ordered detailed investigation into railway safety faultlines.

Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi HI PP


President Dr. Arif Alvi expresses regrets over Daharki train accident. Expressing deep sorrow and grief over the loss of precious lives.

Pakistani President, Dr. Arif Alvi


We’re deeply saddened by news on deadly train accident in #Ghotki district of ��. Our heartfelt condolences go to the families of deceased 30 passengers. Wishing speedy recovery to all injured. Our thoughts & prayers are with brotherly #Pakistan at this time.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Azerbaijan

Re: Express Trains Collide In Pakistan, 38 Passengers Dead (Pictures) by Righteousness2(m): 11:34am On Jun 07
Condolences to the Nation and People of Pakistan..
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There are things we hear and you begin to imagine how these things take place.
The Earth is winding up Folks
The Earth is Be rolled up like a scroll
This Ship is Sinking
The worst thing that could hit anyone is to Depart this Earth without JESUS.
There is no Repentance after Death.
Mercy Expires at Death.
Let us make great use of this Privilege Breath we have now.

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Re: Express Trains Collide In Pakistan, 38 Passengers Dead (Pictures) by fuckingAyaya(m): 11:55am On Jun 07
Buhari y?

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Re: Express Trains Collide In Pakistan, 38 Passengers Dead (Pictures) by peppermint7(m): 12:19pm On Jun 07
Las las everybody go kpai.
Rip to the dead

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Re: Express Trains Collide In Pakistan, 38 Passengers Dead (Pictures) by OkpaNsukkaisBae(m): 12:19pm On Jun 07
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Re: Express Trains Collide In Pakistan, 38 Passengers Dead (Pictures) by Freshonpoint: 12:19pm On Jun 07
Sad
Re: Express Trains Collide In Pakistan, 38 Passengers Dead (Pictures) by Sebastine1994(m): 12:19pm On Jun 07
investments.

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Re: Express Trains Collide In Pakistan, 38 Passengers Dead (Pictures) by Ewizard(m): 12:19pm On Jun 07
shocked
Re: Express Trains Collide In Pakistan, 38 Passengers Dead (Pictures) by annyplenty(m): 12:19pm On Jun 07
The four apocalyptic horses are running very fast across the earth.

Get yourself covered with the blood of Jesus Christ.

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Re: Express Trains Collide In Pakistan, 38 Passengers Dead (Pictures) by GIANTPLUSHUB: 12:20pm On Jun 07
Mheen! May their souls rest in perfect peace.

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Re: Express Trains Collide In Pakistan, 38 Passengers Dead (Pictures) by bluefilm: 12:20pm On Jun 07
Corona why
Re: Express Trains Collide In Pakistan, 38 Passengers Dead (Pictures) by Tapout(m): 12:20pm On Jun 07
This is Pakistan oh. 38 dead, no corpse pictured. Here dem go carry graphic content litter everywhere.

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Re: Express Trains Collide In Pakistan, 38 Passengers Dead (Pictures) by wink2015: 12:20pm On Jun 07
IN PAKISTAN VANDALS are not there to vandalise their railway lines.

But yet they still have train derailment.

But in Nigeria we have crimminals who are stealing our raillines.

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Re: Express Trains Collide In Pakistan, 38 Passengers Dead (Pictures) by sunshineV: 12:20pm On Jun 07
is buhari among the deceased?
Re: Express Trains Collide In Pakistan, 38 Passengers Dead (Pictures) by TouchLove(m): 12:20pm On Jun 07
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Re: Express Trains Collide In Pakistan, 38 Passengers Dead (Pictures) by miki1(m): 12:21pm On Jun 07
3rd world countries have a long way to go in terms of crisis management

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Re: Express Trains Collide In Pakistan, 38 Passengers Dead (Pictures) by slivertongue: 12:21pm On Jun 07
sad, mishap
Re: Express Trains Collide In Pakistan, 38 Passengers Dead (Pictures) by Factfinder1(m): 12:21pm On Jun 07
Lord have mercy
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Re: Express Trains Collide In Pakistan, 38 Passengers Dead (Pictures) by InaNla(f): 12:21pm On Jun 07
Tapout:
This is Pakistan oh. 38 dead, no corpse pictured. Here dem go use graphic content litter everywhere.


Nigeria fast becoming a vampire state since May 2015.

RIP to the dead.

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Re: Express Trains Collide In Pakistan, 38 Passengers Dead (Pictures) by blessochampion(m): 12:21pm On Jun 07
R.I.P to the dead.

But what's wrong with the so called "3rd world countries" cry

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Re: Express Trains Collide In Pakistan, 38 Passengers Dead (Pictures) by rita25(f): 12:22pm On Jun 07
what is happening now? problem everywhere ......rip to the dead
Re: Express Trains Collide In Pakistan, 38 Passengers Dead (Pictures) by hoygift(m): 12:23pm On Jun 07
RIP cry
Re: Express Trains Collide In Pakistan, 38 Passengers Dead (Pictures) by Built2last: 12:23pm On Jun 07
RIP to the dead.

This is the country Fulani copies in everything, including mumuness

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