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At least 31 killed, 100 injured as passenger trains collide in Pakistan

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An image from a video shows the site of a train collision. 

At least 31 people were killed while more than 100 were injured on Monday after two passenger trains collided in Pakistan’s Ghotki district, reported Dawn.

According to a spokesperson for Pakistan Railways (PR), the accident took place around 03:30am after a Millat Express train — headed from Karachi to Sargodha — derailed and fell across the “down track”. Due to this, it collided with a Sir Syed Express train coming from Rawalpindi, he said, adding that the incident took place near the Raiti railway station, about 440km (273 miles) north of Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi.

Rescue work is ongoing at the site and is in its final stages, according to Al Jazeera report.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was “shocked” by the crash, and ordered Railways Minister Azam Swati to reach the site of the accident on Monday.

“Have asked railway minister to reach site and ensure medical assistance to injured and support for families of the dead,” he tweeted. “Ordering comprehensive investigation into railway safety faultlines.”

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