Sadiqabad Railway Accident

The Sadiqabad Railway Accident occurred on 11 July 2019 after the Quetta-bound Akbar Express collided with a cargo rake at the Walhar Railway Station (parked at the loop line), due to improper handling of the track switching mechanism.[1][2][3][4] The accident took place around 4:30 am (Pakistan Standard Time), about 35 kilometres (22 mi) south of the district headquarters of Rahim Yar Khan and the train engines were completely destroyed.[2][3]

Relief operations were launched immediately and a medical emergency was declared at nearby hospitals.[5][4] An inquiry has been ordered and proportionate compensation for the victims were announced by the railway ministry.[6][7] Whilst the unaffected coaches of the train left for its destination, regular traffic along the stretch of ML1 route was since suspended.[2][5]

President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan and other political leaders have offered their condolences;[8] the opposition noted such accidents to be a recurring event in the recent past and sought for the resignation of the incumbent Rail Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad.[7][9][10]

The death toll was listed as being 24 people, all of whom were on the passenger train.[11]

Sadiqabad rail accident
Sadiqabad Railway Accident is located in Pakistan
Sadiqabad Railway Accident
Details
Date11 July 2019
4:30 am
LocationWalhar railway station
Coordinates28°12′05″N 69°59′26″E / 28.2015°N 69.9906°ECoordinates: 28°12′05″N 69°59′26″E / 28.2015°N 69.9906°E
CountryPakistan
Statistics
Trains2
Deaths24

References

  1. ^ "Pakistan rail accident: Nine killed, 70 injured after passenger train crashes into freight carriage in Punjab province". Firstpost. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  2. ^ a b c "11 killed, 58 injured in Sadiqabad train crash | Samaa Digital". Samaa TV. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  3. ^ a b "Several dead and dozens injured in Pakistan train collision". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  4. ^ a b "Sixteen killed, several injured as two trains collide in Sadiqabad". www.geo.tv. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  5. ^ a b "11 killed, over 60 injured in train accident near Sadiqabad". www.radio.gov.pk. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  6. ^ "شیخ رشید کا جاں بحق افراد کے لواحقین کیلئے 15 لاکھ کا اعلان". jang.com.pk. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  7. ^ a b AP, Amir Kayani | Adnan Sheikh | (2019-07-11). "At least 10 killed, 85 injured as two trains collide in Sadiqabad". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  8. ^ Hassan, Syed Raza (11 July 2019). "Train crash kills 11 people in Pakistan with prime minister blaming railway 'neglect'". The Independent. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  9. ^ Tribune.com.pk (2019-07-11). "At least 11 dead, 60 injured in Sadiqabad train accident". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  10. ^ "Bilawal calls on Sheikh Rashid to resign after Sadiqabad accident | Samaa Digital". Samaa TV. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  11. ^ Fahad, Muhammad (12 July 2019). "Inquiry report to be finalized of Sadiqabad train accident". The Financial Daily. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
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