Train Plunges into River Killing 12 in Pakistan


Islamabad: In a horrific accident two bogies of a train fell into a stream and two others were derailed as the railway bridge collapsed on Thursday, reported a Pakistani daily.

The accident took place at Pakistan’s Gujranwala area. Twelve people have been killed in the accident. A relief train, carrying technical and medical staff, has been sent to the spot from Lahore, while two helicopters and other rescue teams have started relief operations.

According to government officials, as many as 80 affected passengers have been rescued. Injured passengers have been shifted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Gujranwala.

The special train was heading to Kharian from Pano Aqil. According to sources, the train was carrying army personnel, travelling for a military exercise.

Local residents, divers and army personnel have been engaged in rescue operations. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed concern on the train accident in Gujranwala. He directed to mobilize all resources to rescue the injured and restoration of the track.