At least 20 dead after trains collide in southern Pakistan
Pakistani officials and volunteers work at a train crash site in Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan, Thursday, July 11, 2019. A passenger train rammed into a freight train in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing many people and injuring others, an official said. (AP Photo/Waleed Saddique)
Asim Tanveer, The Associated Press
Published Thursday, July 11, 2019 9:12AM EDT
MULTAN, Pakistan -- A passenger train rammed into a freight train at a railway station in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 20 people and injuring 74 others, hospital officials said.
The freight train was stationary when the speeding passenger train struck it at Walhar Railway Station in Rahim Yar Khan, in the eastern Punjab province. Jamil Ahmed, an official in the provincial government, said hospitals declared an emergency.
Twenty people were killed in the train crash and 74 were wounded, with some in critical condition, according to Javed Ahmed, a physician treating the wounded.
Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered authorities to provide the best possible medical care to the victims and said he was saddened by the news.
Khan ordered Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad to “take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure” and ensure safety standards.
Authorities said Pakistan's army was also taking part in the rescue efforts.
Train accidents in Pakistan are often the result of poor railway infrastructure and official negligence.