6 dead as train collides with car in Hyderabad

Police officals says collision occured because there was no barrier


Web Desk July 19, 2015
File photo. PHOTO: EXPRESS

HYDERABAD: Six people were killed as a train collided with a car on Sunday near Hyderabad railway station, Express News reported.

According to initial details, the train slammed into the car as it was crossing the railway track. Six people belonging to the same family were killed in the collision.

"The incident occurred because there was no barrier," a police official said.

Further, many people have gathered at the scene of the accident to protest against the lack of barrier which they claim has caused many accidents previously as well. Protesters have blocked the track and are demanding the railway authorities' assurance that a barrier will be installed.

Read: JIT pins blame on Pakistan Railways for Gujranwala train accident

Earlier this month, at least 18 people, including a senior army officer and the driver of the train were killed when rail carriages full of soldiers and military hardware fell into a canal in Gujranwala following the partial collapse of a bridge.

The accident occurred near the eastern town of Wazirabad in Punjab as it headed to the garrison town of Kharian. A search for five missing people continued late into the night, of which four had been found.

Read: Gujranwala tragedy: Inquiry blames negligent driver for train crash

An inquiry panel has squarely blamed the engine driver and support staff for the train crash in Gujranwala, singling them out for dangerous driving and utter negligence in the accident.

The panel — formed to investigate the causes of the crash — ruled out the possibility of sabotage or terrorism. It also gave a clean chit to all senior rail officials, including Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique. The joint inquiry committee report leaked to the media on Friday states the accident took place due to “over-speeding and culpable negligence” by the drivers and the supporting staff.

Read: 18 dead as train carrying military troops falls into canal near Gujranwala

The seven-member committee headed by Pakistan Railways Federal Inspector Mian Muhammad Arshad recorded the findings after examining the destroyed locomotive and looking at the possibility of sabotage, human factors and the railway track and the collapsed bridge.

COMMENTS (5)

zulfi butt | 5 years ago | Reply Obviously, taking responsibility for the action is something the protestors are not interested in!
Ch. Allah Daad | 5 years ago | Reply A misleading headline as train came off its tracks and hit this car. Where there are no barriers, (or not closed), its the driver who should slow down his vehicle, look around and if its safe, should cross railway track. For buses, driver should make a complete stop before tracks, look around and then cross if its safe. Many people die on tracks but nobody learns the lesson.
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