35 DIE AS 2 TRAINS SMASH INTO EACH OTHER IN PAKISTAN
Two express trains collided in southern Pakistan early on Monday, June 7, 2021, killing at least 35 passengers, authorities said, as rescuers and villagers worked to pull injured people and more bodies from the wreckage, Asim Tanveer and Munir Ahmed reported for the Associated Press (AP).
Between 15 and 20 passengers are still trapped in the wreckage of the Millat Express train and authorities were trying to arrange heavy machinery to rescue those people who are crying for help, said Umar Tufail, a police chief in Ghotki district in Sindh province, where the collision occurred before dawn.
The Millat Express derailed and the Sir Syed Express train hit it soon afterward, said Usman Abdullah, a deputy commissioner in Ghotki. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the derailment and the subsequent collision. “Right now the challenge for us is to quickly rescue those passengers who are still trapped in the wreckage,” he said.
Azam Swati, minister for railways, told AP that so far 35 people had died and dozens of others were injured.
“I am on my way to the Ghotki district where the tragic train accident happened today,” he said. Swati said engineers and experts were trying to determine what caused the collision.