Update: At least 19 people have died and 50 others injured after a passenger train crashed into a stationary train in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi, in the country’s second major rail collision in as many months.
Islamabad: At least 17 people have died and at least 40 have been injured in a train crash in Pakistan, local media said.
Two trains collided early on Thursday morning near Landhi railway station in the southern city of Karachi.
Initial reports said that one of the trains had been given the wrong signal and at least two carriages had overturned following the crash.
But railway official Nasir Nazeer said the collision’s cause could not yet be determined. All trains out of Karachi have been halted temporarily and rescue workers are at the scene.
TV footage showed serious damage to the trains, and local newspaper Dawn reported that many people were trapped under the wreckage.
Train accidents are common in Pakistan, whose extensive colonial-era railway network has suffered from decades of decline.