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2021 Ghotki rail crash Language Watch Edit On 7 June 2021 before dawn two trains collided near Daharki in the Ghotki District of the southern province of Sindh in Pakistan killing at least 65 people and injuring about 150 others An express train derailed onto the opposite track and a second express train crashed into the first roughly a minute later a About six to eight bogies were left completely destroyed 2021 Ghotki rail crashDetailsDate7 June 2021 03 38 PKT 22 38 UTC 6 June 1 Locationnear Daharki Ghotki District SindhCoordinates28 04 22 N 69 50 34 E 28 07278 N 69 84278 E 28 07278 69 84278 Coordinates 28 04 22 N 69 50 34 E 28 07278 N 69 84278 E 28 07278 69 84278CountryPakistanLineKarachi Peshawar LineOperatorPakistan RailwaysIncident typeDerailment and collisionStatisticsTrains2Passengers1 208 2 Deaths65 3 4 Injuredc 150 2 Locals rushed to the scene to rescue survivors hindered by the darkness The Pakistan Army paramilitary Pakistan Rangers an urban search and rescue team helicopters and accident relief trains later joined in the rescue efforts An official investigation was ordered to establish the cause of the crash An initial investigation report determined that the initial derailment had been caused by the failure of a welding joint Contents 1 Background 2 Collision 3 Casualties 4 Response 5 Aftermath 6 Investigation 7 See also 8 Notes 9 ReferencesBackground Edit Sleepers of the Mehr Express a different Pakistan Railways express train at Rawalpindi station in 2001 The Pakistani railway system had been plagued with problems that have accumulated over decades of decay 5 6 7 Its signal system was poorly maintained and much of its tracks were in a state of disrepair 8 9 6 10 Due to corruption and mismanagement the railway system sees frequent accidents and a lack of investment exacerbates issues 6 9 7 10 Although a number of governments have pledged to clean up the system none has yet succeeded 6 10 Prime Minister Imran Khan had also promised to modernize the railways but accidents had continued to occur since he took office in 2018 including a train fire in 2019 that killed more than 70 people 6 The system had seen little maintenance in recent years while The Express Tribune reported that deadly train accidents seem to have increased in frequency 9 10 11 Habibur Rehman Gilani chairman of Pakistan Railways stated that the tracks around the site of the accident were old and needed to be replaced 12 A former official has stated that some railway segments are still using tracks that had been laid before independence in 1947 7 The Millat Express ran daily between Karachi in the province of Sindh and Lalamusa in the province of Punjab 13 14 Collision EditOn 7 June 2021 before dawn the Millat Express originating from Karachi left Daharki station in the Ghotki District of the southern province of Sindh in Pakistan at 03 28 PKT 22 28 UTC 6 June heading for Sargodha in the province of Punjab 12 6 1 Ten minutes later at 03 38 the train derailed between the Daharki and Reti train stations spilling eight bogies onto the opposite track whilst most of the train s passengers were sleeping 12 15 6 1 2 About a minute later and travelling in the opposite direction the Sir Syed Express which had left Rawalpindi bound for Karachi crashed into the derailed train 16 17 18 15 1 a The driver of the Sir Syed Express stated that the train was travelling at a normal speed when he saw the derailed Millat Express on the tracks 7 He engaged the emergency brakes but was unable to stop the train in time 7 20 A spokesperson for Pakistan Railways said that the Sir Syed Express did not have enough time to avoid crashing into the derailed train 17 According to the administration of Pakistan Railways 703 passengers had been aboard the Millat Express and 505 aboard the Sir Syed Express 2 Ghotki deputy commissioner Usman Abdullah stated that 13 or 14 bogies had derailed due to the accident and 6 to 8 of them had been completely destroyed 21 Casualties EditThe collision killed at least 65 people and injured about 150 more 2 3 Four railway employees were among those killed 16 Umar Tufail head of the Ghotki District police stated that up to 25 people remained trapped in the wreckage 16 Response EditExternal images Rescuers moving a victim from the site 10 Heavy machinery extricating victims 22 Locals quickly rushed to the scene during the night to assist survivors though darkness hindered their efforts 12 16 As daylight broke authorities were still attempting to bring heavy machinery to the scene 12 The driver of the Sir Syed Express who had been slightly injured was rescued by locals two hours after the accident 7 12 Also taking part in the rescue efforts were the Pakistan Army and paramilitary Pakistan Rangers including military doctors paramedics and ambulances 12 7 16 A specialist urban search and rescue team was airlifted from Rawalpindi to assist in the operation 7 16 Two helicopters from Multan were flown in to evacuate victims 7 Accident relief trains arrived from Sadiqabad and Rohri with heavy machinery and rescue teams 2 The afternoon heat also hampered rescue efforts with temperatures as high as 44 C 111 F being reported 23 Casualties were transported to hospitals in Daharki Ghotki Mirpur Mathelo and Ubauro where emergencies were declared 7 Seriously injured victims were airlifted to Pano Aqil 16 24 Aftermath EditAuthorities announced that the next of kin of those deceased would receive an ex gratia payment of 1 5 million US 9 400 while those injured would receive between 100000 US 620 and 300000 US 1 900 depending on the injury 7 16 Investigation EditPrime Minister Imran Khan stated that he was shocked by the horrific train accident and ordered an investigation 25 Federal Minister for Railways Azam Khan Swati stated that a high level inquiry has been ordered to determine how the collision occurred adding that it was unclear if the accident was a result of sabotage or the track s poor quality 6 An initial investigation report stated that the failure of a welding joint on the right side of the northbound tracks caused the derailment of the Millat Express 26 Data were being retrieved from the black boxes of the two train engines for the final report 26 See also Edit1990 Sukkur rail disaster 1991 Ghotki train crash 2005 Ghotki rail crash List of rail accidents 2020 present Track spacingNotes Edit a b A Pakistan Railways statement made to Dawn noted that both the derailment and the collision happened at 03 38 PKT 22 38 UTC 6 June and Arab News reported that a Pakistan Railways spokesperson stated that the derailment occurred some 30 seconds before the collision while The Washington Post reported that the collision happened a little more than a minute later and the Associated Press reported that the derailment happened minutes earlier 1 19 17 8 References Edit a b c d e At least 55 killed 100 injured as passenger trains collide in Sindh s Ghotki district Dawn 7 June 2021 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June 2021 Retrieved 8 June 2021 a b Tanveer Asim Farooq Muhammad 8 June 2021 Official Death toll rises to 63 in Pakistan train collision AP News Retrieved 8 June 2021 a b c Pakistan At least 33 killed in train crash in Sindh province Deutsche Welle 7 June 2021 Archived from the original on 7 June 2021 Retrieved 7 June 2021 a b c d e Dozens killed as two trains collide in southern Pakistan Al Jazeera 7 June 2021 Archived from the original on 7 June 2021 Retrieved 7 June 2021 A timeline of neglect Train incidents in Pakistan The Express Tribune 31 October 2019 Retrieved 9 June 2021 a b c d e f g Tanveer Asim Ahmed Munir 7 June 2021 Officials 2 trains collide in southern Pakistan killing 38 Associated Press Archived from the original on 7 June 2021 Retrieved 7 June 2021 KARACHI Millat train service for Faisalabad inaugurated Dawn 11 November 2004 Archived from the original on 7 June 2021 Retrieved 7 June 2021 Pakistan Railway minister extends train route The News International 14 December 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