Train Collision in Punjab

The collision took place because the passenger train was diverted onto the incorrect track at the station police said

A collision between a passenger train and a stationary freight train at a railway station in southern Pakistan killed almost two dozen people and injured more than 70 others, hospital officials said Thursday.

At least 11 people were killed and almost 80 injured when two trains collided in central Pakistan early Thursday, officials said.

At least 18 passengers are confirmed dead while over 60 people are injured - some of them critically - and officials fear that the death toll might go up.

The engine of the Akbar Express was completely destroyed in the accident while three bogies were also damaged, police said.

A child and a man have been rescued from the train, the report said.

"I'm reviewing the accident [and] I have told railway officials to speed up rescue and relief operations", he said, adding that a detailed statement would be issued later. A passenger train rammed into a freight train in Pakistan's eastern city of Rahim Yar Khan on Thursday morning, killing 13 people and injuring over 70 others, officials said.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known, officials said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed grief over the accident and called for measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.

He said that the accident appeared to have occurred due to human negligence.

"Have asked Railways Minister to take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure & ensure safety standards", he tweeted.

Last month, six people were killed when a freight train collided with a passenger train in Hyderabad 165 km (100 miles) from Karachi.

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