2 injured as passenger train collides with cargo train near Khanpur

Statesman Report

KHANPUR: Two trains have collided in the Khanpur area of Punjab, according to a statement from Pakistan Railways.

According to a spokesperson for Pakistan Railways, a Shalimar Express train, travelling from Karachi to Lahore collided with Down 502 cargo train at 4:10pm near the Jheeta Bhatta railway station.

The spokesperson added that the train's driver and assistant driver were "mildly injured" in the collision while all the passengers remained safe. He added, however, that two coaches of the cargo train were damaged while the front trolley of Shalimar Express' front engine was derailed.

The end-down track has been "completely blocked" as a result of the collision, the spokesperson said.

The Railways CEO has formed an inquiry committee comprising three senior officers to probe the latest accident involving trains. The body will submit its initial report to the CEO within 48 hours, the spokesperson said.

Following the accident, Leghari ordered the immediate suspension of the Multan divisional transportation officer (DTO) and Multan divisional security commissioner. He also directed officials to take action as per the law against the persons responsible for the accident, according to the statement.

The incident comes a day after a train rammed into a passenger coach at the railway track passing through Sucha Soda, a small town near Farooqabad in Sheikhupura district, killing 22 people including 20 Sikh pilgrims, a driver and his helper.