Two express trains collided in southern Pakistan early Monday and at least 30 passengers were killed, police said. More than 100 were injured. In fact, the Millat Express derailed in Ghotki ,Sindh province, and the Sir Syed Express train hit it soon afterward. Local people rushed to the scene. Villagers, rescuers, and police were transporting the dead and injured passengers to nearby hospitals. The military deployed troops and helicopters to assist. Some passengers were trapped in the wreckage, Umar Tufail, a police chief in the district, said. Heavy machinery arrived to cut open some cars. Roughly 1,100 people were aboard both trains, officials said. Some of the passengers on the Millat Express train were heading to a wedding party, local media reported. It was not immediately clear what caused the chain-reaction crash. Azam Swati, the minister for railways who headed to the scene of the crash declared that engineers and experts were trying to determine it.
Aijaz Ahmed, the driver of the Sir Syed Express, told that on seeing the derailed train he tried his best to avoid the crash by braking but failed. He was injured. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his deep sorrow over the tragedy. Train accidents are common in Pakistan because signal system and aging tracks are poorly maintained. The worst rail disaster in Pakistan’s history was in 1990, when 210 people were killed.