At least 20 Sikh pilgrims are confirmed dead, and 10 others are injured in a deadly collision between a train and bus near Sheikhupura. The Sikh pilgrims were from Peshawar and were visiting Nankana Sahib to mourn the death of a relative.
25 people were travelling in the coach, out of whom 20 had been killed in the accident. The victims include women and children as well.
Initial reports suggested that the crossing was unmanned, however the DPO claims that it seems like the driver had tried to take a shortcut instead of waiting at the crossing, which resulted in the crash. He added that facts will become more clear after a formal investigation.
Prime Minister Imran said in a tweet that he was “deeply saddened” by the train accident and that he had directed officials to ensure that proper medical care is provided to the injured.
The accident occurred around 1:30pm at a crossing near Sheikhupura. Federal Minister for Railways, Sheikh Rashid, has ordered immediate action against those responsible for the tragic incident. The operational engineer has been suspended by the ministry after the accident, and further investigation as to who is responsible is being done.
Train accidents have become increasingly common in Pakistan, where the railways have seen decades of decline due to corruption, mismanagement and lack of investment.