35 victims feared killed, dozens injured, many trapped, as passenger trains collide in Pakistan

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Tragedy struck in the southern part of Pakistan when two express trains collided killing at least 35 passengers and injuring dozens of others as rescuers and villagers worked to pull trapped people out of the wreckage.

Reports say that the incident happened in the early hours of Monday in the Ghotki district of the Sindh province after the coaches of one train, the Millat Express, derailed and fell across the opposite track, where it was hit by a second train, the Sir Syed Express.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said that he was “shocked” by the accident and promised a full inquiry.

 A senior official in the Ghokti district, Usman Abdullah, told Reuters news agency it was hard to know how many people were still trapped in the train.

“There are about six to eight bogies [carriages] that are totally smashed… there is a sleeper train, AC [air conditioned] class, as well as economy class, in which there were between 47 to 50 people on this side and around 50 to 60 people on the other train,” he said.

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