Eight family members die as train hits van in southern Pakistan

2016-02-15 11:52

(iStock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Karachi - A train crashed into a van at a crossing in southern Pakistan, killing eight people and injuring four from the same family, an official said on Monday.

In the latest accident to hit the country's run-down railways the northbound Fareed Express hit the van near Allah Dino Sand, a village 170 km north of Karachi.

A Sindh provincial health official, Dr Hasan Murad Shah, said the dead and the injured in the accident on Sunday night were from the same extended family of farmhands.

Railway accidents in Pakistan generally take place at the unmanned crossings. They lack barriers and sometimes signals, leaving commuters to judge for themselves whether it is safe to proceed.

At other times vehicles find themselves stuck on the tracks.

Train accidents are common in Pakistan, which inherited thousands of miles of track and trains from former colonial power Britain.

But the railways have seen decades of decline due to corruption, mismanagement and lack of investment.

Read more on:    pakistan  |  car accident

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.