Many injured as passenger train derails in E. Pakistan

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-04 17:35:48|Editor: Xiang Bo
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ISLAMABAD, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- The engine and three compartments of a passenger train derailed in Pakistan's eastern Taxila city of Punjab province on Friday afternoon, injuring many passengers, said police and local media.

According to Taxila police, the train named "Rehman Baba Express" was heading to the country's northwest Peshawar city from southern port city of Karachi when the accident occurred due to failure of brakes.

Police along with rescue teams rushed to the site immediately after the accident and shifted all the injured to a nearby hospital where they have been declared out of danger.

Rail traffic suspended following the incident, but officials informed that work to clear the railway track has been started and will be completed soon.

Accidents involving trains are common occurrences in Pakistan. As many as 150 people have lost their lives in over 380 train accidents throughout the country during the past five years, according to media reports.

Dilapidated railway tracks, faulty signal systems and heavy loads are among the main reasons behind the railway accidents in the country.