At least 30 people were killed and more than 60 injured in a train derailment in southern Pakistan on Sunday, authorities said.
About 10 carriages of the Hazara Express passenger train derailed on its way from Karachi to Havelian, according to CNN. report. The derailment occurred near the town of Nawabshah, trapping many passengers. according to Associated Press.
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Rescue efforts have already recovered 30 bodies, but the death toll is expected to rise, police chief Abid Baroch told The Associated Press. Bullock added that disaster responders had successfully rescued 60 injured passengers, some with serious injuries.
Railroad official Mahmoudr Rehman Rakoh said the injured passenger was taken to a people’s hospital in nearby Nawabshah for treatment. Another railroad executive, Mohsin Sayal, said train services had been halted as rescue and recovery operations continued, and a repair team had been dispatched to the scene to provide alternative transportation for other passengers, according to the Associated Press. will be available, he added. (Related article: At least 50 killed, hundreds trapped after train derailment in India reportedly)
Railways Minister Khaja Saad Rafiq has clarified that an investigation into the derailment is ongoing, according to the Associated Press.
Pakistan’s aging infrastructure has not been maintained or updated since colonial times, leading to frequent rail accidents, the newspaper reported.