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Train collision kills 45 persons in Pakistan

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AT least 45 people have been killed after two express trains collided in southern Pakistan.

  Rescuers and villagers have been said working to pull injured people and bodies out from the wreckage, and as many as 20 passengers feared to be trapped.

  Railway officials said that about 1,100 persons were on board when the two trains crashed before dawn on Monday in Ghotki, a district in Sindh province.

  They stated that the Millat Express train derailed, with the Sir Syed Express hitting it afterwards.

  Report has it that more than 100 were injured, as rescuers and villagers worked throughout Monday to search for survivors and the dead.

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  Heavy machinery arrived to cut open some cars, and more than 15 hours after the crash, rescuers were carefully removing wreckage as they looked for anyone who might remain trapped, though hopes were fading for survivors

  “Right now the challenge for us is to quickly rescue those passengers who are still trapped in the wreckage,” deputy commissioner Usman Abdullah added.

  Reports on Pakistani television have suggested that heavy machinery to help with the rescue effort took about four hours to arrive.

Dozens of others are feared to have been injured, some in a critical condition, with ambulances arriving at the scene to take them to hospital.

Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted his condolences to those who had lost loved ones.

  In his words, “Have asked Railway Minister to reach site & ensure medical assistance to injured & support for families of the dead,” he wrote, adding that he is ordering a “comprehensive investigation” into railway safety fault lines.

Authorities said soldiers were being sent to help rescue passengers.

The driver of the Sir Syed Express train survived the crash and told Pakistani TV that when he saw the derailed cars he tried to avoid hitting them, but it was too late.

Train accidents are common in the country owing to a poorly maintained signal system and ageing tracks.

But the country’s worst rail disaster was in 1990 when a packed passenger train ploughed into a standing freight train in southern Pakistan killing 120 people.

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