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Pakistan trains collide; 21 killed

ISLAMABAD (PNA/Xinhua) – At least 21 people were killed and 45 others injured when two passenger trains collided with each other in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi on Thursday morning, hospital officials said.

Spokesperson of the Jinnah Hospital of Karachi, Seemi Jamali, said that so far 21 bodies and 45 injured have been brought to the hospital. At least two children and three women are among the deceased persons, Jamali said.

Deputy Superintendent of Pakistan Railway, Nasir Aziz, said that the incident took place when a passenger train Farid Express collided with another passenger train Zakria Express near Qadafi Town area of the city.

“According to initial information, Farid Express was waiting for its clearance at the Qadafi Town railway station and Zakria Express coming on the same track from the same direction hit it at the backside when its driver failed to stop his train despite red signal,” said Aziz.

Earlier, Aziz said signalman failed to divert the Zakrai Express to the other track. Both trains were coming from the country’s eastern province of Punjab.

According to the hospital official, the death toll may further rise as several injured are in critical condition at the hospital, who suffered severe head and neck injuries.