20 of Peshawar’s Sikh community dead in train, coaster collision

Statesman Report

LAHORE: At least 20 members of Peshawar’s Sikh community lost their lives on Friday when the Shah Hussain Express train crashed into their bus as it attempted to cross train tracks near Sheikhupura.

According to initial reports, 22 members of a family had been traveling in a Toyota coaster from Peshawar to Nankana Sahib to attend a funeral.

Rescue officials said the driver of the coaster had tried to take the path from an unsecured railway crossing instead of the road when the vehicle collided with the Lahore-bound train near the Farooqabad Railway Station.

All the wounded have been shifted to a nearby hospital, added officials.

Evacuee Trust Property Board’s Deputy Secretary Shrines, Imran Gondal, said that all Sikh travellers were Pakistani nationals and residents of Peshawar.

Gondal said that the bodies of the accident victims were being shifted to Mayo Hospital Lahore, while the wounded are hospitalised in Sheikhupura and Lahore.

A few among the wounded are reportedly in a critical condition and receiving treatment at District Headquarters Hospital in Sheikhupura.

According to BBC, all the deceased are said to be from one family. Eight people were reported injured.

PM directs immediate review of Railways operational safety mechanism

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday directed an immediate review of the Standard Operating Procedures regarding operational safety mechanism of the Pakistan Railways.

Expressing deep sorrow and grief over the tragic accident, the Prime Minister directed the concerned authorities to ensure facilitation and care for the families of the victims.

“My condolences and prayers go to the families of the deceased,” the Prime Minister said in a tweet.

He said he was deeply saddened over the accident and directed that proper medical care be provided to the injured.