15 Sikh pilgrims dead, 10 others injured in collision between train, bus in Pakistan

PHOTO: Radio Pakistan

LAHORE July3: At least 15 Sikh pilgrims died and 10 others were injured on Friday in a collision between a train and a coaster in Sheikhupura, the Express Tribune reported.

The coaster carrying the Sikh pilgrims collided with the Lahore-bound train at a railway crossing near Sacha Soda.

Pakistan Railways spokesperson said railway and district rescue teams arrived at the scene to rescue the victims. The injured were rushed to Sheikhupura Hospital, with some reported to be in critical condition, Express tribune report added.

The Sikh pilgrims were from Peshawar and were visiting Nankana Sahib to condole the death of a relative.

Secretary-General Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee Sardar Amir Singh said the deceased belong to three or four families.

Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid ordered immediate action against those responsible for the tragic incident.

The report said that Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi have expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives and assured that the best medical care would be provided to those injured.

Train accidents are common in Pakistan, where the railways have seen decades of decline due to corruption, mismanagement and lack of investment.

A National Assembly standing committee was recently told that there have been 384 train accidents in Pakistan since 2014: 74 in 2018-19, 67 in 2017-18, 78 in 2016-17, 76 in 2015-16, and 89 accidents in 2014-15. (The Express Tribune)

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