A Jinnah Express collided with a freight train at Makli Shah in Latifabad, Hyderabad taking away the lives of at least three and putting in wounds the two others on Thursday.
“A driver, an assistant driver, and a guard lost their lives in the incident outside Hyderabad at a signal crossing. And the two injured are in critical condition,” the Federal Minister of Railways Shiekh Rashid Ahmed told the media, adding that “All passengers remained safe”.
The deceased people have been identified as Aslam Chandio, Syed Noman Ali, and Yasir Basher.
The injured ones were taken to a nearby hospital for a quick treatment. The visual conditional of the accidental spot shows that the engine of the passengers’ train and a bogey of it were damaged severely.
The Railway track was sealed for the approval by the rescue and Railway officials who arrived at the location of the incident. And the further investigation in the matter was carried on and the report was expected to get released within an hour assured the Federal Ministry of Railway.
It has been reported that the Jinnah Express was taking the passengers to Lahore from Karachi when it rammed into the Cargo Train supposedly at a halt in Hyderabad. While the Cargo Train was taking away the coal. Immediately after the accident, the fire tenders got at the spot to control the situation and sprinkled the wreckage so that the engine and the coal-laden bogies remain safe of the igniting.
Moreover, three coaches of the passenger train got crushed into the houses around whereas a number of coaches were distracted.
Soon after the happening, heavy cranes were brought to Hyderabad to pick up the engine e of the passengers’ Jinnah express and the affected bogies of the freight train and also to clear the area of the wreckage and the wastage.
“The track will be cleared within three to four hours,” said Mazhar Shah- the DSP Railways. “The efforts are being made to open the track as soon as possible,” he added.
He further told that to assure how exactly the incident took place, an inquiry will be commenced.
The Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah expressed deep grief over the incident and commanded the Commissioner of Hyderabad to get all the necessities of the injured ones fulfilled.
The accident not only affected but involved trains but also it delayed the schedules of the other expresses that were moving from Karachi to Punjab.
The trained that were stopped due to the incident included a business train that got stopped at the Jungshahi railway station for about an hour. The others paused trains included Karakoram, Tezgam, and Allama Iqbal Express that were stopped near the Ranpattahni railway station in Thatta.