At least 18 people were killed and over 40 were injured when two passenger trains collided Thursday morning, November 3, close to the railway station Landi Karachi, Pakistan.
Witnesses watched in horror as the Express from Multan rammed fast train from Lahore, standing on the platform. The accident occurred very quickly, writes with reference to the witnesses of the Dawn, then were heard only the cries of the trapped in the carriages of people.
According to Advisor to chief Minister on labour issues, said Ghani, the railroad could give the green signal to the correct train by mistake. Both trains could be up to 1000 passengers.
Tribune writes that the accident could happen due to a faulty alarm system. According to the newspaper, was damaged at least three cars. 45 people were taken to hospital, five of them in critical condition. For analysis of the wreckage was brought to the rescue workers and the military. In order to cut and remove the overturned cars, brought heavy equipment. All trains between Karachi and the rest of the country suspended.
Pakistan Today quoted Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq, who said he directly manages the disaster. According to him, to establish the causes of the incident will be independently investigated.
Press agree in opinion that accidents in rail transport are common in Pakistan. Thousands of kilometers of Railways and trains remained in the country since British colonization. In the last decade, the railroad went into decline because of corruption, poor management and lack of investment. The previous accident occurred in September, when four people were killed as a result of collision of passenger trains with freight trains in Multan. Last year in Balochistan at the train during the descent from the mountain brakes failed, this resulted in 19 deaths. In the same year, 17 people died when the special military train fell into the canal when the bridge collapsed.