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40 killed, 115 injured in Pakistan’s train mishap


Lahore : Forty persons were killed and 115 others injured in a Karachi Express train accident that occured near Mehrabpur in the wee hours of Wednesday.

According to a Pakistan Railways press release issued here Thursday, officials of railway with the help of army jawans, Police, Rangers and Edhi Foundation had shifted the injured to hospitals.

Federal Minister Railways Mansoor Tariq along with Chairman Railway Gias Uddin immediately reached the spot and supervised the rescue and relief operation.

General Manager, operation Asad Saeed Afridi is still present at the sight of incident.

39 bodies have been handed over to their heirs while one is yet to be identified at Edhi home, it said.

105 passengers have been discharged from hospitals after providing them first aid while 10 were still under treatment, the release added. Railway up-line have also been opened for traffic.

Pakistan railway administration has announced compensation of Rs. 200,000 each for the heirs of the dead and Rs. 100,000 for severely injured while Rs. 20,000 for ordinary injured.

Railways administration appealed to the heirs of the victims to contact the concerned Divisional Superintendent in this regard.