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Passenger train engine derails near Attock

The engine of Peshawar-bound Khushal Khan Khattak Express derailed near Attock City Railway Station. Photo: thenation.com.pkscreen grab

ATTOCK: The engine of Peshawar-bound Khushal Khan Khattak Express derailed near Attock City Railway Station, thenation.com.pkreported Thursday morning.

After the engine derailed, the train was stopped and safety of bogies was ensured, said railway authorities. 

The train, which was carrying more than 300 passengers, had departed from Karachi, according to the railway authorities.

The derailment led to delays and disruptions on the railway track near Attock.

On April 17, Quetta-bound Jaffar Express derailed near Aimanabad in Gujranwala. 

“The passenger train derailed from the tracks, following which five bogies overturned,� a thenation.com.pkstaffer M Nadeem said.

As many as 25 people, including women and children, were injured in the accident. The train’s engine and three passenger coaches remained on the track while seven were derailed.

According to railway authorities, repair work was on-going on the track since the past two days.

Pakistan Army troops and rescue teams have reached the site and rescue work is currently under way. Before the arrival of the teams, the passengers had engaged in self-help activities, according to Nadeem.

The railway authorities had also dispatched a train to take the passengers of Jaffar Express to Lahore. The passengers will be served food when they reach Lahore, said Pakistan Railways CEO Javed Anwar.

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