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Pakistan train crash kills 11 and injures 60

Pakistan train crash kills 11 and injures 60”

Twenty people were killed in the train crash and 74 were wounded, with some in a critical condition.

The Akbar Express, heading to Quetta from Lahore, crashed into the freight train in Rahim Yar Khan district of Punjab province.

The injured were taken to a nearby government hospital and to a more advanced facility in Rahim Yar Khan, hospital officials said.

Also on Thursday at least nine passengers were killed and 22 injured when a speeding bus overturned near the capital Islamabad, a police official said, while a landslide in the northwestern Swat valley killed six people, all from one family.

A rescue operation is underway to help people get out of the wrecked train and recover the victims' bodies, the broadcaster said.

Pakistan's aging railway network carries both passengers and goods across the country, but suffers periodic derailments and other accidents due to aging infrastructure.

Residents and rescue workers gather near the site after a passenger train collided with a cargo train in Sadiqabad.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known, officials said.

The accident took place around 4:15am, when Akbar Express hit a parked freight train at the Walhar Railway Station, resulting in the death of 11 passengers and wounds to 60 others.

Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the accident.

In a tweet, the prime minister said he has asked the railways minister to take "emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure and ensure safety standards". He has also ordered an investigation into the incident.



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