Train collision in Pakistan kills at least 16

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Hydraulic cutters have been called at the site to retrieve dead bodies.

The fatal incident took place at the Walhar Railway Station in the Punjab province town of Rahim Yar Khan when the speeding passenger train rammed into the freight train.

Nearly a dozen people lost their lives and almost 70 others suffered injuries in the eastern Pakistani region of Punjab on Thursday as a result of a deadly collision between passenger and freight trains, Geo News reported.

All passengers were provided with food and water and later deboarded from the train.

At least 14 people were killed while 79 others were injured when the passenger train, the Akbar Express, collided with the freight train, rescue officials told DawnNewsTV.

At least 84 people were injured, with some in critical condition, according to physician Javed Ahmed.

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The engine of the Akbar Express appeared to be destroyed and at least three carriages were derailed in the collision, Salamat said.

He said a state of emergency has been declared in Sheikh Zayed Hospital and Tehsil Headquarters Hospital, while a control room has also been set up for better coordination.

Authorities said Pakistan's army was also taking part in the rescue efforts.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known, officials said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan issued a statement of condolence in which he blamed the infrastructure of Pakistan's colonial-era railway network which has fallen into disrepair due to chronic under-investment and poor maintenance. Have asked Railways Minister to take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure & ensure safety standards,"he said in his tweet".

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