In a tragic accident, at least 16 people were killed and dozens have been injured when a passenger train smashed into a freight wagon parked on railway tracks in eastern Pakistan.
The Quetta-bound Akbar Express collided with the stationary freight train at the Walhar Railway Station in Sadiqabad Tehsil of the province, Dawn reports officials as saying. The freight train was on the loop line when the speeding passenger train instead of running on the main line entered the wrong track.
"Sixteen people have been killed and over 80 others injured in the collision between two trains," according to a police official.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Rahim Yar Khan, Jamil Ahmed Jamil said "All passengers, onboard the train headed to Quetta, have been removed from the train and track clearance operations were underway. Heavy machinery was being used to rescue passengers who were stuck in the train, adding that they were being provided with food and water."
"Authorities said the Pakistan Army was also taking part in the rescue efforts. The engine of the Akbar Express was completely destroyed in the accident while three compartments were also damaged, police added.
Media reports further state that, the injured have been shifted to nearby hospitals of Sadiqabad and Rahim Yar Khan for treatment where an emergency has been declared. A child and a man have been rescued from the train, the report said. Officials say they fear more casualties in the accident.