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Karakoram Express derails at Safdarabad station


Muhammad Sudhir Chaudhry Deputy Bureau Chief Lahore

13th Nov, 2019. 12:49 pm
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Karakoram Express derails at Safdarabad station

The Karakoram Express travelling from Karachi-Lahore witnesses an accident as its engine and two bogies got off the rail-tracks here on Wednesday.

According to the details, Karakoram express’s engine and two bogies got off the rail-tracks, however, no passenger got injured in the accident.

The incident took place in the morning when the train arriving at Safdarbad station left on the closed track due to negligence of railway staff, sources said.

The driver applied emergency brakes, causing the engine and its first two bogies to fall off the tracks.

According to DTO railway Hamid Farooq, the train traffic continues as usual and all the passengers from Karakoram express are safe.

Earlier, Tezgam train, which was on its way from Karachi to Rawalpindi, caught fire near Tanori Station Chak no. 6 Chani Goth.

According to the details, dozens have reportedly been wounded, whereas, 71 have been confirmed dead after 3 bogies of Tezgam train caught fire near Liaquatpur.

Rescue teams had arrived at timely basis and moved the injured to Liaquatpur hospital.

Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid blamed the passengers for bringing stoves into the train, saying Railways was not at fault.

The coach where the cylinder blasted was booked by the Taleeghi Jamaat’s men.

They boiled eggs on the gas stove to have breakfast when it exploded with a huge blast.

10 firefighter vehicles were deployed to extinguish the fire. Pakistan Army contingents have also been dispatched to the area to take part in rescue and relief activities.

An Army Aviation Helicopter airlifted the injured from the site of the incident.

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