Pakistan

Train Collision Near Qila Sattar Shah Station in Punjab: 31 Passengers Injured, Investigation Underway

Two trains collided near Qila Sattar Shah Station in Punjab's Sheikhupura district, injuring at least 31 passengers on Sunday. The accident occurred when a Lahore-bound passenger train from Mianwali ended up on the same track as a freight train, leading to the collision.

Despite the train driver's best efforts to avoid the crash, the collision was inevitable. Rescue personnel reported that 31 train passengers were injured in the accident. Five injured passengers have been transferred to the district headquarters hospital for further treatment.

Railway officials are currently conducting rescue operations at the accident site and have launched an investigation into the cause of the crash. A railways spokesperson assured that despite the accident, train operations are running smoothly in the Lahore division. The track was cleared at 7:30 a.m. following the accident, allowing normal operations to resume.

The spokesperson also confirmed that all passengers onboard the Mianwali Express were safe. However, four railway officials, including train driver Imran Sarwar and his assistant Muhammad Bilal, have been suspended pending investigation.

An inquiry commission led by a deputy principal officer has been formed to investigate the incident and is expected to submit its report within 24 hours. The railway's chairman has assured that legal action will be taken against those responsible for the incident. CEO Railways Shahid Aziz emphasized that passenger safety is of utmost importance and no compromise will be made.

This incident comes just a day after four bogies of a freight train derailed near the same railway station. Former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif expressed sorrow over the incident and demanded action against those responsible for the crash.

Due to its decaying infrastructure, Pakistan's rail system has been plagued with accidents. Successive governments have been trying to secure funds to upgrade the rail network under China's Belt and Road Initiative. Over the past decade, there has been an increase in deadly train accidents across the country.

In August this year, at least 56 people were killed and a dozen others injured when ten bogies of Havelian-bound Hazara Express derailed near Sahara Railway Station in Sindh's Nawabshah district. Following this incident, then-railways minister Khawaja Saad Rafique informed the National Assembly that six railways officials had been suspended due to their negligence leading to the accident.

 

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