19 Sikh devotees among 20 die as train hits van at unmanned level crossing in Sheikhupura
SHEIKHUPURA (92 News) – As many as 20 passengers including 19 Sikh pilgrims killed in an accident on Friday as Shah Hussain Express rammed into coaster bus in Sheikhupura.
The tragic incident was happened when a Lahore-bound train rammed into a passenger van at a railway crossing near Farooq Abad railway station.
Sikh pilgrims were travelling in the ill-fated vehicle hit by the train at the unmanned level crossing. The train was on its way from Karachi to Lahore when the accident took place.
Upon being informed of the collision, rescue teams reached the site of the accident and began the rescue operation.
The injured are being shifted to a nearby hospital for medical attention.
Pakistan Railways spokesperson told that the collision occurred at a railway crossing located between Farooqabad and Bahali Wala. Several passengers sustained injuries in the occurrence.
It was also reported that Sikh pilgrims were going to Gurdwara Sacha Sauda from Peshawar while the train was enroute to Lahore from Karachi.
Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan expressed deep grief over the collision and directed the concerned authorities to provide best medical facilities to the injured.
My condolences and prayers go to the families of the deceased. Have directed relevant authorities to ensure facilitation and care for all the families. Our entire railway's operational safety SOPs will be reviewed immediately.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) July 3, 2020