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3 killed, 13 injured as Karakoram Express derails near Nawabshah.

NAWABSHAH -- Several coaches of the Karakoram Express derailed in early hours of Wednesday killing three people and injuring 13 other people near Nawabshah's Bandhi area.

The engine and several coaches jumped off the track as a result of the incident. Due to the accident three people were killed who have been identified as Kaneez Fatima wife of Yawar Shah, Mohammad Ali and another unidentified man.

The incident led to closure of the track and suspension of the railway traffic.

The locomotive of the passenger train also careened off the track.

According to DCO railway Sukkur, the train was travelling from Lahore to Karachi and the situation is unclear as to what caused the incident.

Police personnel and rescue teams immediately reached the site of the incident. Rescue workers shifted the injured to People's Medical College Hospital (PMCH).

Meanwhile Minister of Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq said that the Nawabshah train accident was not a terror activity.

He also summoned a report about the accident and announced Rs0.5 million for the families of the victims while Rs0.1 million for the injured passengers.

"The accident was not a terror activity but just a technical mistake caused the accident", he added.
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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:May 8, 2014
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