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At least 30 killed, several injured as train derails near Nawabshah

Mohammad Hussain Khan | AFP
August 6, 2023

Army and Rangers personnel present at the train accident site in Nawabshah on Sunday. — DawnNewsTV


Army and Rangers personnel present at the train accident site in Nawabshah on Sunday. — DawnNewsTV


Paramilitary Rangers inspect the carriages at the accident site following the derailment of a passenger train in Nawabshah, on August 6, 2023. — AFP


Paramilitary Rangers inspect the carriages at the accident site following the derailment of a passenger train in Nawabshah, on August 6, 2023. — AFP

This image shows the derailed bogies in Nawabshah on Sunday. — DawnNewsTV


This image shows the derailed bogies in Nawabshah on Sunday. — DawnNewsTV


This image shows the derailed bogies in Nawabshah on Sunday. — DawnNewsTV


This image shows the derailed bogies in Nawabshah on Sunday. — DawnNewsTV

At least 30 people were killed and several others injured after multiple bogies of the Hazara Express derailed near the Sarhari Railway Station near Nawabshah on Sunday afternoon.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, who spoke to the media at Peoples Medical College Hospital in Benazirabad — the district home to Nawabshah, confirmed the death toll.

He added that the injured could be shifted to Karachi if needed and directed the local administration and health officials to expedite relief and rescue efforts.

The hospital’s deputy medical superintendent, Dr Riaz Ahmed Umrani, also confirmed to Dawn.com that 30 bodies had been brought to the facility.

“Of these 30 bodies, 21 have been handed over to the heirs and the remaining nine are in hospital. Two of these are remains of a body that have been kept in cold storage,” he said.

According to the list of the deceased shared by him, all of the bodies have been identified except the remains kept in the cold storage.

Meanwhile, Shaheed Benazirabad District Health Officer Dr Asadullah Dahiri said that at least 72 people were injured in the accident.

According to Railways and Aviation Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique, the accident occurred at 1:18pm and around 1,000 passengers were travelling in the Hazara Express.

Earlier, Pakistan Railways Sukkur Divisional Commercial Officer (DCO) Mohsin Siyal said that an unknown number of bogies had derailed in the incident.

“Some people are reporting that five bogies had derailed, some are saying eight have derailed and some are saying 10 have derailed,” he said.

DawnNewsTV reported that the train was headed to Rawalpindi from Karachi.
Footage aired on TV showed a large number of passengers gathered near the derailed bogies, some of which were laying on their sides.

At the accident site, dozens of cars, tractors, rickshaws and motorcycles could be seen parked on a road that runs alongside the track.

Volunteers were wading through a canal that separates the road from the railway line to help, and lifting the injured to get them assistance.

Some passenger compartments were upright but off the tracks, while others lay on their side, mangled steel from the undercarriage twisted and buckled.

There were chaotic scenes at the Nawabshah Trauma Centre as ambulances and private cars ferried the injured for treatment.
One man leapt from the back of an ambulance clutching a child, his clothes soaked in blood, while a woman moaned in pain as she was carried in on a stretcher.

“We don’t know what happened, we were just sitting inside,” said one dazed woman.

The incident comes a day after the Allama Iqbal Express escaped a major disaster when two of its bogies derailed near Padidan railway station in the wee hours of Saturday, resulting in the suspension of traffic on the affected railway track. However, no casualty was reported in the incident, said rescue officials.

Today’s accident is also a grim reminder of a collision between two trains near Daharki in Sindh in June 2021, which resulted in the death of at least 65 people and left about 150 others injured. In that accident, an express derailed onto the opposite track, and a second passenger train crashed into the wreckage roughly a minute later.

Accidents and derailments occur frequently on Pakistan’s antiquated railway system, which has nearly 7,500 kilometres of track and carries more than 80 million passengers a year.

Minister says cause of accident to be probed​

Soon after the accident was reported, the railways minister said authorities had been put on alert
Rafique told the media in Lahore initial investigation showed that the train was travelling at a “reasonable” speed, adding that officials had reached the scene and an emergency was imposed in hospitals in Sukkur and Nawabshah.

“This is quite a big accident. There can be two reasons: first that it was a mechanical fault, or the fault was created — it might be a sabotage. We will investigate it,” he said.

In a second media talk of the day, he said relevant district administrations, Rescue 1122 personnel, the Pakistan Army and Pakistan Railways staff reached the site of the accident soon after the incident and began relief activities.

He said a coach of the train was yet to be removed, for which cranes had been moved.

“We are trying that both tracks are cleared in the next few hours … train traffic on the up and down track is suspended for now, and a new schedule for trains will be announced shortly,” he said.

The minister said the “root cause” of the accident would have to be investigated.

“The track is completely fit at the site and … the driver said in his statement that he was driving the train at a speed of 45-50 — this will have to be counter-checked.

“The FGIR (federal government inspector of railways) departed from Lahore soon after the accident and will investigate the matter.”

He said the definite cause of the accident would be determined after a thorough assessment.
The minister said he had requested the provincial government to prepare a list of those who lost their lives in the accident.

Relief and rescue​

Separately, Nawabshah Commissioner Abbas Baloch, who had reached the site of the accident, told Dawn.com that rescue personnel were shifting the injured to hospitals and a Pakistan Railways train was on its way to begin relief and track clearance operations.

Both up and down tracks were affected in the accident, he added.

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon said while speaking to Dawn.com that heavy machinery of the irrigation department was at the site to assist with the relief operation.

Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah expressed grief over the lives lost in the incident. In a statement, he directed the Nawabshah deputy commissioner to provide the injured with immediate medical assistance.

State-run Pakistan Television reported that the Pakistan Army and Rangers launched immediate relief activities at the accident site, with additional troops called in from Hyderabad and Skarund.

It added that the army chief issued special instructions for relief activities. Rescue teams of Pakistan Army and Rangers started reaching the accident site. It further said that army aviation helicopters were also sent for the rescue effort and personnel were also reaching the site with food items.

“The rescue operation of Pakistan Army will continue till the transfer of the last injured to the hospital and the rehabilitation of the people trapped at the accident site,” it said.


 
When you install someone like Sheikh Rasheed as "Railways Minister", when he has no fucking clue about anything to do with transport, this is what you get. Can someone please explain exactly what he did as "Railways Minister"? The guy wears a blatant poor fitting taupe to cover his baldness, smokes cigars, and is clearly a corrupt criminal, yet, people like him are appointed positions of authority in government. That guy doesn't even trust his own hairpiece, yet people in government placed trust in him?! Is this the best Imran Khan's government could do?

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Pakistan railway employees drink their mothers blood before showing up for work. There are thousands of ghost employees and most see the institution as some inheritance from their bastard fathers.
 
When you install someone like Sheikh Rasheed as "Railways Minister", when he has no fucking clue about anything to do with transport, this is what you get. Can someone please explain exactly what he did as "Railways Minister"? The guy wears a blatant poor fitting taupe to cover his baldness, smokes cigars, and is clearly a corrupt criminal, yet, people like him are appointed positions of authority in government. That guy doesn't even trust his own hairpiece, yet people in government placed trust in him?! Is this the best Imran Khan's government could do?

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i smell manure and dung of nawaz sharif's. did you change your name?
 
Buy new Chinese made Trains which are of better quality.
 
When you install someone like Sheikh Rasheed as "Railways Minister", when he has no fucking clue about anything to do with transport, this is what you get. Can someone please explain exactly what he did as "Railways Minister"? The guy wears a blatant poor fitting taupe to cover his baldness, smokes cigars, and is clearly a corrupt criminal, yet, people like him are appointed positions of authority in government. That guy doesn't even trust his own hairpiece, yet people in government placed trust in him?! Is this the best Imran Khan's government could do?

By the Patwari logic they love spreading everywhere this shouldn't have happened under their "competent leadership".

So do tell Patwaris of PDF, when can we expect the resignation of the Railways Minister?

Unless I'm mistaken the only disaster that happened under Sheikh Rasheed was the gas cylinder explosion?
 
Unless I'm mistaken the only disaster that happened under Sheikh Rasheed was the gas cylinder explosion?

It was not a cylinder explosion. The ruling party social media outlet had tried to paint it as such and subsequent enquiries pointed out electrical failure.

And no it was not the only incident.

So do tell Patwaris of PDF, when can we expect the resignation of the Railways Minister?

Hopefully tomorrow
 
i smell manure and dung of nawaz sharif's. did you change your name?

Who said I support Nawaz Sharif?! lol It doesn't matter who is in power, Imran Khan, the Sharifs, the Bhuttos...if someone like Sheikh Rasheed as "Railway Minister" is the best the country can do, you're all fucked...doesn't matter who's in power. Then don't be surprised when when there's more train accidents.

By the Patwari logic they love spreading everywhere this shouldn't have happened under their "competent leadership".

So do tell Patwaris of PDF, when can we expect the resignation of the Railways Minister?

Unless I'm mistaken the only disaster that happened under Sheikh Rasheed was the gas cylinder explosion?

Mate, I couldn't give a flying **** about Pakistani politics and your filthy politicians, whether it's Imran Khan, the Sharifs or Bhutos...it seems as a collective country of over 200m someone like Sheikh Rasheed is the best you can for a "Railways Minister"?! Good luck to you :)
 
Who said I support Nawaz Sharif?! lol It doesn't matter who is in power, Imran Khan, the Sharifs, the Bhuttos...if someone like Sheikh Rasheed as "Railway Minister" is the best the country can do, you're all fucked...doesn't matter who's in power. Then don't be surprised when when there's more train accidents.
yea thats what they all say. but you did change name. what was it before?
 
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Lack of resources led to Hazara Express accident, says railways minister​


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Khawaja Saad Rafique says Pakistan has everything but lacks sufficient funds, political stability

lack of resources led to hazara express accident says railways minister



Addressing an event in Lahore on Monday, a day after the devastating Hazara Express accident, which claimed the lives of at least 35 people and left around 100 others injured, Minister for Railways and Aviation Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said that the reason behind the tragedy was lack of resources.

"We are investigating the accident," he said, while specifying that the incumbent government's tenure will end in two days and then the caretaker government will take over.

"We are investigating the matter and the responsible persons will be held to account but the actual responsibility lies in the lack of resources," he said. "We are not being able to maintain matters."
 
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6 railways officials suspended in connection with Hazara Express tragedy

Adnan Sheikh
August 8, 2023

Workers repair a damaged track, a day after the derailment of a passenger train in Nawabshah on August 7, 2023. — AFP


Workers repair a damaged track, a day after the derailment of a passenger train in Nawabshah on August 7, 2023. — AFP

The Pakistan Railways’ administration on Tuesday suspended six of its officials, including two 18-grade officers, in connection with the derailment of the Hazara Express near Nawabshah that left at least 30 people dead and scores injured last week.

Ten bogies of Havelian-bound Hazara Express had derailed near Sarhari Railway Station in Sindh’s Sanghar district on Sunday, with Pakistan Railways (PR) officials stating the breakage of the railway line and hot axle, which jammed movement, as the reason.

However, Railways Minister Saad Rafique had stated that the possibility of sabotage as well as a mechanical fault could not be ruled out. He had also termed the railway track to be fit.

Later, a six-member team was constituted to probe the crash.

In a notification issued today, the Ministry of Railways said six officers had been suspended with “immediate effect” and until further orders in connection with the tragedy in light of Rule-5 of Civil Servants (Efficiency and Discipline) Rules, 2020.
 
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