Thursday, 3 November 2016

20 Killed in Deadly Karachi Train Accident

At least 20 people have died and over 50 have been seriously injured in a train crash in Pakistan, local media said.

Two trains collided early on Thursday morning near Landhi railway station in the southern city of Karachi.

Initial reports said that one of the trains had been given the wrong signal and at least two carriages had overturned following the crash.

But railway official Nasir Nazeer said the collision’s cause could not yet be determined. All trains out of Karachi have been halted temporarily and rescue workers are at the scene.

TV footage showed serious damage to the trains, and local newspaper Dawn reported that many people were trapped under the wreckage.

Train accidents are common in Pakistan, whose extensive colonial-era railway network has suffered from decades of decline.

Casualties are expected to rise.