ISLAMABAD: 11,JULY,2019: Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Thursday said the train accident near Sadiqabad, Rahim Yar Khan was the result of human negligence.
While talking to journalists, Sheikh Rasheed expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in the accident adding that the accident occurred due to negligence.
The minister said, the train accident took place owing to human error and said he has ordered an investigation into the incident.
Rasheed further said all assistance will be provided to the families of the deceased and the injured.
Rs1.5 million will be given as compensation to the families of those killed in the accident, while Rs500,000 will be given to those critically injured, he announced.
Rs200,000 will be given to those with minor injuries, he added.
The railways minister reiterated that there is a lot of corruption in railways which will take time to eliminate.
“Complete investigation is done into accidents. After the train accident in Hyderabad two section officers were given a notice while two others were dismissed from the department,” Rasheed said.
At least nine passengers were killed and 13 others were injured when a passenger train collided with a freight train near Rahim Yar Khan in wee hours on Wednesday.
According to details, Akbar Express collided freight train in Sadiqabad, Rahim Yar Khan.
The engine of the passenger train got completely destroyed after it hit a freight train at Dulhar railway station.
After getting information, rescue teams have reached at the location and carrying out the relief and rescue work.
The dead bodies and injured were shifted to nearby hospitals for medical examination.
The ill-fated train was travelling to Quetta from Lahore when it collided with a freight train at Walhar railway station in Sadiqabad Tehsil of Punjab province.
Some of the victims are said to be in serious condition, rescue officials said.
Assistant driver of the passenger train was among the deceased.
Following the accident up and down track, railway traffic is suspended.
Business train, Green Line and other trains were stopped at the Karachi station.
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