Train Crash in Ghotki

Its all over the news now – the most horrible train accident I’ve ever heard of in Pakistan

From CNN’s website

LAHORE, Pakistan — Three trains have collided in southern Pakistan Wednesday morning, killing at least 150 people and injuring 800 more, police and railway officials have said.

At least 17 train cars were destroyed in the accident that occurred at 3:40 a.m. local time (22:40 Tuesday GMT) at Ghotki railway station.

Police, army and paramilitary forces are assisting in the rescue operation and area hospitals are on emergency notice.

The Chairman of Pakistan Railways, Shakil Durani, told CNN there were about 3,000 passengers on the three trains.

One train rammed into the back of another after missing a signal, Durani said.

This caused several cars to derail, which in turn were struck by another train.

The trains involved were the Karachi Express which rammed into the stationary Quetta Express.

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A series of conflicting reports are coming in – Geo TV is still reporting 107 killed and 100 injured, while Dawn says a 1000 have been injured. May God bless the souls of all those who have died in this horrible accident.

2 Comments so far

  1. Saadie (unregistered) on July 14th, 2005 @ 3:38 am

    It sure is tragic, many have lost their loved ones. A colleague of mine has lost his cousin and I guess there will be more casualties. First flooding and now this. May God bless us all.

  2. Grumpy (unregistered) on July 15th, 2005 @ 12:34 pm

    I live in Karachi and I saw the wounds very closely. That was trajic incident, the out come of our professional irresponsible attitude, hundread of them are died thousand wounded and indirect wictims are lot more than that but who cares, no body has courage to admit and identify loop holes of the system, every single responsible is dumping his shit on the Deceased driver of Karachi Express, cuz every body knows he can not reveal the truth, Inquiry committee will be set up to itarogate the causes, Victims shall be compensated with peanuts this and that, typical bureaucratic statments nothing will be change nothing could be happen in well manners

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