MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — At least 30 people
were killed when two express trains
collided in southern Pakistan early Monday, according to authorities, as rescuers and villagers worked to pull injured people and bodies from the wreckage.
According to Umar Tufail, a police
chief in Ghotki district in Sindh province, where the collision occurred before dawn, 15 to 20 passengers remain trapped in the wreckage of the Millat Express train, and authorities are attempting to arrange heavy machinery to rescue those people who are crying for help.
According to Usman Abdullah, a deputy commissioner in Ghotki, the Millat Express train derailed and was quickly hit by the Sir Syed Express train. It was unclear what caused the derailment and subsequent collision.
“Right now, our challenge is to quickly rescue the passengers who are still trapped in the wreckage,” he said.
According to railway officials, approximately 1,100 passengers were on board the two trains, and arrangements were being made to help the surviving passengers, according to Abdullah.
According to local media
, some of the passengers were on their way to a wedding party on the Millat Express train, but it was unclear whether they were killed or injured.
Ambulances were seen transporting injured passengers to hospitals in TV footage, and heavy machinery had not arrived at the scene for four hours, according to Pakistani television
Officials from Pakistan Railways said an investigation
had been launched and that rescue efforts were ongoing.
Some of the injured passengers were taken to a hospital and were listed in critical condition.
According to authorities, troops had also arrived at the accident site to assist with rescue efforts.
Malik Aslam, a local villager, told Pakistan's Geo News TV
that approximately 100 people were injured and that he counted at least 30 bodies of passengers during the rescue and recovery efforts.
are common in Pakistan, where successive governments have paid little attention to improving the aging
signal system and track.
In 1990, a crowded passenger train collided with a stopped freight train in southern Pakistan, killing 210 people in Pakistan's worst rail disaster.
, Ahmed reported.