Timeline of major train accidents in Pakistan in the past five years
Statesman Report
PESHAWAR: Pakistan has quite a shoddy record when it comes to accidents involving trains. In the past decade, the country has witnessed a number of deadly train accidents, and they seem to have increased in frequency over the past few years. On Friday, a passenger coach collided into a Lahore-bound train when it tried to cross an unsecured railway crossing near the Farooqabad Railway Station in Sheikhupura. At least 20 members of the Peshawar Sikh community, all from the same family, perished in the accident. Looking at the record of Pakistan Railways over the past five years, it seems that accidents have started happening more frequently since 2018. Here is a look at the major railways accidents during that period. Feb 28, 2020: At least 19 people were killed when a train collided with a passenger bus near Sindh’s Rohri. October 31, 2019: More than 70 people died in a fiery explosion on a moving train, which officials later blamed on a short-circuit fire. The incident occurred near Rahim Yar Khan, Punjab. July 11, 2019: A Quetta-bound train collided with a cargo train near Sadiqabad in Punjab, killing 24 and injuring over a 100. The accident was later found to be the result of a delay in the switching of train tracks. June 20, 2019: Three people were killed when a passenger train collided with a stationary cargo train at Makli Shah, near Hyderabad. December 18, 2018: 12 children were injured when a passenger train crashed into a school van near Narowal, Punjab. Eyewitnesses said the accident happened due to dense fog and because the gate at the crossing was left open. September 27, 2018: A Peshawar-bound train had derailed in Sehwan, Sindh, due to which 11 bogies overturned. September 16, 2018: Nine bogies of the Peshawar-bound Khushal Khan Khattak Express from Karachi derailed near Attock. 20 passengers were injured. June 9, 2018: Twenty-three bogies of a Karachi-bound freight train derailed in Sukkur. March 28, 2017: At least two people were killed and 10 injured as Karachi-bound passenger train Shalimar Express collided with an oil tanker, leading to a huge explosion.