Train derailment in Pakistan kills three
A passenger train carrying up to 600 people derailed on Sunday evening and plunged into a ravine in eastern Pak.india Updated: Jan 30, 2006 10:06 IST
A passenger train carrying up to 600 people derailed on Sunday evening and plunged into a ravine in eastern Pakistan, killing at least three people and injuring up to 40 others. officials said.
The 10-car train flew off the tracks around 7:30 pm and four carriages fell into a gorge in the eastern province of Punjab, said the general manager of operations with the state-run Pakistan Railways.
Pakistan army spokesman Gen Shaukat Sultan informed he had received confirmation of at least three deaths and up to 40 injuries.
The Islamabad Express train was headed to Lahore, the capital of Punjab, from Rawalpindi, a city near the capital of Islamabad. The accident occurred near the town of Domeli, about 100 kilometers southeast of Islamabad.
Akhund estimated that between 500 to 600 passengers may have been in the train.
The soldiers and rescue teams reached the scene by late night with flood lamps and tents to provide basic medical treatment for survivors, Sultan said. Rescue efforts were hampered by the dark.
One survivor, Javed Butt, 30, said he was riding in the first carriage when he heard a huge bang and then felt a massive jolt.
Butt injured his hand, but his car remained upright and he was able to walk away from the scene.
First Published: Jan 30, 2006 10:06 IST