New Delhi: The death toll increased to 65, in the incident on Thursday where the fire broke out in Karachi-Rawalpindi Tezgam express train, stated news agency ANI.
The accident took place on Thursday morning due to a cylinder explosion. In no time, three bogies of the Tezgam Express, including two economy class carriages and one business class, were destroyed in the fire.
Here are some images tweeted by news agency ANI of the accident site:
Earlier, news agency ANI stated that at least 10 people were killed and 13 others injured in a train accident in Liaqatpur near Rahim Yar Khan in Pakistan. Apparently, the gas cylinder which was carried by a train passenger exploded when it was used for cooking breakfast, stated a report. Soon after the accident was reported, fire-fighting operations were held and later cooling efforts began. Narrating the sequence of the accident, Pakistan Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed, as quoted by news agency IANS, said, “Two cooking stoves blew up. They were cooking, they had (cooking) oil which added fuel to fire.” He added that many people died when they jumped off the train.
Reacting to the accident, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his condolences and directed the authorities to ensure the provision of best medical treatment for those injured, stated news agency IANS. In his official Twitter handle, PM Imran Khan on Thursday tweeted, “Deeply saddened by the terrible tragedy of the Tezgam train. My condolences go to the victims’ families & prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured. I have ordered an immediate inquiry to be completed on an urgent basis.”
It must be noted that this is the second major train accident in Pakistan this year. In July, 24 people were killed in a collision between Akbar Bugti Express and a stationary freight train at the Walhar Railway Station in Punjab’s Sadiqabad Tehsil. The accident took place when the train was en route from Lahore to Quetta, stated a report.