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Several dead and dozens injured in Pakistan train collision

Several dead and dozens injured in Pakistan train collision

The Akbar Express, heading to Quetta from Lahore, crashed into the freight train in Rahim Yar Khan district of Punjab province.

In a statement, he said he was saddened by the news.

At least 14 people were killed while 79 others were injured when the passenger train, the Akbar Express, collided with the freight train, rescue officials told DawnNewsTV.

"The condition of three to four passengers is critical", he said.

Jamil added that heavy machinery was being used to remove passengers who were stuck in the train, adding that they were being provided with food and water.

President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of lives and ordered provision of best possible medical treatment to the injured. "Have asked Railways Minister to take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure & ensure safety standards", Khan said in a tweet.

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Pakistan's aging railway network carries both passengers and goods across the country, but suffers periodic derailments and other accidents due to aging infrastructure.

Rescue workers freed the wounded by cutting through the twisted metal of the carriages and dozens were taken to hospital, police said.

Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has announced compensation of 1.5 million Pakstani rupees for the families of the deceased.

He also demanded that the railways minister be held accountable for the tragedy.

At least 13 passengers were killed and several injured when a passenger bus carrying over 50 people overturned near Attock area of Punjab province, local media reported.