10 killed, 64 injured as passenger train hits freight train in Pakistan

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A passenger train crashed into a stationary freight train in Pakistan on Thursday, killing 11 people and leaving more than 60 injured under overturned carriages, police said.

The injured were shifted to nearby hospitals of Sadiqabad and Rahim Yar Khan for treatment where an emergency has been declared, Geo News reported.

Up to four passenger cars have derailed as a result of the collision, the broadcaster added.

Senior police official Umar Salamat told local media the collision took place because the passenger train was diverted onto the incorrect track at the station, hitting the parked freight train.

Prime Minister Imran Khan issued a statement of condolence in which he blamed the infrastructure of Pakistan's colonial-era railway network which has fallen into disrepair due to chronic under-investment and poor maintenance.

A Pakistani rescuer carries an injured passenger at the site of train accident in Rahim Yar Khan district in Punjab province on July 11, 2019.

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"Have asked Railways Minister to take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure & ensure safety standards", he tweeted.

He announced compensation of Rs 1.5 million for the families of the deceased and Rs 0.5 million each for the injured, Dawn newspaper reported.

According to a railways spokesperson, an information cell has been set up in Sukkur division for the families of the victims. The minister added that an investigation into the accident had been launched.

"PM Imran Khan has been proud of his decision to give this ministry to Sheikh Rasheed".

In June, three people were killed when two trains collided in southern Sindh province.

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