At least 15 people have lost their lives and 50 others are injured in a tragic incident involving the derailment of 10 bogies of the Hazara Express train between Shahzadpur and Nawabshah, approximately 275 kilometers away from Karachi. The train was en route to Havelian from Karachi at the time of the accident.
Dozens of passengers are reportedly trapped under the derailed train, and authorities are working on rescue efforts to recover the bodies and injured individuals after cutting the bogies. The reason behind the derailment is yet to be determined.
Train accidents are unfortunately not uncommon in Pakistan, with numerous incidents causing significant loss of life and injuries. Despite the frequency of such occurrences, the authorities have not implemented effective measures to prevent them.
Affected individuals have been transferred to the People’s Medical Hospital in Nawabshah, and emergency measures have been imposed in nearby hospitals to handle the situation.
Railways Divisional Superintendent Mahmoodur Rahman stated that further details are being gathered, and a relief train is on its way to the accident site from Loco Shed Rohri. As a result of the accident, traffic on the up track has been suspended.
It’s worth noting that the same locomotive had narrowly escaped a grave accident in March of the same year, emphasizing the ongoing safety concerns with Pakistan’s train operations.
The recent accident occurred just a day after another incident where three coaches of Allama Iqbal Express derailed, fortunately causing no injuries. Over the past decade, Pakistan has experienced several deadly train accidents, and their frequency appears to be increasing in recent years.