A timeline of neglect: Train incidents in Pakistan

Published: October 31, 2019
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A fire burns a train carriage after a gas canister passengers were using to cook breakfast exploded, near Rahim Yar Khan. PHOTO: REUTERS

A fire burns a train carriage after a gas canister passengers were using to cook breakfast exploded, near Rahim Yar Khan. PHOTO: REUTERS

The inferno that swept through three carriages of Tezgam Express, killing at least 74 people and injuring dozens is the latest in a raft of mismanagement cases by the Pakistan Railways.

Though inquiry in the train accident is yet to be concluded, Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid has confirmed that the fire started after passengers started cooking on the train.

But the incident is not first of its kind. The national railway entity has been marred in controversy with a plethora of accidents have taken place in the last two years alone.

According to data shared by the Ministry of Railways in August, 74 accidents had taken place nationwide over a period of 11 months.

The ministry shared that the accidents had taken place between August 2018 to June 2019.

Out of 74 accidents, 20 accidents were of freight trains derailing while another 20 occurred at unmanned railway crossings.

Rahimyar Khan

At least 74 people died after a fire broke out in Tezgam Express – travelling from Karachi to Rawalpindi – after a gas canister reportedly exploded on board as the train was passing through Rahim Yar Khan.

The fire started after passengers started cooking on the train, and the resulting inferno destroyed three economy-class carriages of the train.

Sadiqabad

A Quetta-bound train collided with a cargo train near Sadiqabad in Punjab, killing 21 people and injuring over a 100 on July 11, 2019. The accident was caused by a delay in switching the train tracks.

Sukkur

Twenty-three bogies of a Karachi-bound freight train derailed in Sukkur on June 9.

Makli Shah

Three people were killed when a passenger train collided with a stationary cargo train at Makli Shah, near Hyderabad on June 20, 2019.

Narowal

Twelve children were injured as a passenger train crashed into a school van near Punjab’s Narowal on December 18 of last year.

Local witnesses said the accident took place owing to dense fog and because the gate at the crossing was left open.

Attock

Nine bogies of the Peshawar-bound Khushal Khan Khattak Express from Karachi derailed near Attock on September 16, 2018 in which 20 passengers sustained injuries.

Sehwan

On September 27 of last year, another Peshawar-bound train derailed in which 11 bogies overturned in Sehwan, Sindh.

Mehrabpur

In 2007, at least 56 people were killed and more than 120 injured in a crash near Sindh’s Mehrabpur.

More than 12 carriages of the overnight train travelling between Karachi and Lahore came off the rails with some carriages plunging into water.

The train was packed with passengers returning home for Eidul Azha.

Officials say the likely cause for the crash was a faulty track.

Ghotki

In 2005, three passenger trains collided in Ghotki, Sindh in which 132 people were killed and hundreds more injured.

The train travelling to Karachi crashed into a broken-down train, catapulting carriages across the track into the path of another train.

The Pakistan Railways said the crash was caused by a train conductor misreading a signal.

 

 

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  • SyedKazimHussainShah@Facebook.com
    Oct 31, 2019 - 2:29PM

    very bad accident on railway incident today God bless you and family of accidented invlolved people in Pakistan, Recommend

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