10 Dead, 70 Injured In Train Collision

At least 10 people have been reported dead, while more than 70 others are injured in a collision between a passenger train and a stationary freight train near the central town of Rahim Yar Khan in Pakistan.

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The incident on Thursday took place at the Walhar railway station, located about 35km south of Rahim Yar Khan.

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.

Rescue teams were underway at the collision site, with workers using equipment to get to some of those trapped in the train wreckage, local media reported.

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

A senior hospital official, Liaquat Chohan said nine of the dead were taken to the government hospital, with more than 60 people injured in the wreck also treated there.

“The injuries were of multiple types – many had fractures, others had bleeding wounds. Some were crushed under objects,” he said.

At least one dead body was also taken to the Sheikh Zayed hospital in Rahim Yar Khan, where 11 of those wounded in the accident were being treated, hospital official, Ilyas Ahmer said.

“One person’s leg was cut off and another is having serious chest surgery,” he said.