Death toll from train collision in Pakistan rises to 36

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At least 30 bodies were recovered, while rescuers were still trying to reach a coach where about 25 people were believed to be trapped, senior district police official Umar Tufail told local television channel Geo News.

The Millat Express train, which was travelling from Karachi to Sargodha, derailed and fell on the opposite track, a Pakistan Railways spokesperson said. It is not clear what caused the derailment.

However, officials were facing difficulty in rescuing citizens as the bogies had overturned, he said, adding that the death toll could increase.

Azam Swati, minister for railways, told The Associated Press that so far 35 people had died and dozens of others were injured.

Several trains were stopped at various stations on Monday after the Sukkur accident.

He said all aspects will be examined, including the possibility of sabotage.

Locals and rescue teams rushed to the site, pulled out the bodies and injured and shifted them to nearby hospitals.

Pakistan Army and Rangers troops have reached the site and are carrying out relief and rescue operation, the military's media affairs wing said. Sir Syed Express, coming from opposite direction, collided with these bogies at about 3:45 am.

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Footage of the express trains crash in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that he has asked the railways minister to reach the site and ensure medical assistance to the injured and facilitate the rescue process.

PM Imran has also said a comprehensive investigation into railway safety fault-lines have been ordered.

Two information centres have been set up in the Karachi division for information about the accident, a spokesperson for the Pakistan Railways said. He did not explain how he survived.

Officials said at least 50 passengers had been transported to the hospital, where some of the passengers were listed in critical condition.

Train accidents are common in Pakistan, where successive governments have done little to improving the poorly maintained signal system and ageing tracks.

In 1990, a packed passenger plowed into a standing freight train in southern Pakistan, killing 210 people in the worst rail disaster in Pakistan's history.

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