PAKISTAN: TRAIN ACCIDENT
Local News Gujranwala , GUJRANWALA
News ID : 79145 Video Version : 1 Script Version : 1
20 Sikh Yatris killed train rams into coaster bus in Pakistan.
At least 20 pilgrims of Pakistan's minority Sikh community killed when a train collides with a passenger van in eastern Pakistan .
Shotlist: GUJRANWALA , PAKISTAN (JULY 03, 2020) (VNA – ACCESS ALL)
- VARIOUS OF COASTER THAT WAS CARRYING SIKH YATRIS SMASHED DUE TO COLLISION WITH TRAIN
- VARIOUS OF RESIDENTS AND RESCUE WORKERS ON RAILWAY TRACK
- (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) UNIDENTIFIED LOCAL RESIDENT SAYING:
- “Earlier, the civil defence personnel used to be on duty here for 8 hours. But now they are not deployed here. He (driver of van) came from the wrong side. It was the fault of the driver.”
- MINARET OF SIKH GURDWARA (TEMPLE)
- EXTERIOR OF EMERGENCY WARD OF DISTRICT HOSPITAL
- PEOPLE OUTSIDE HOSPITAL
- AMBULANCE ARRIVING
- VARIOUS OF SIKHS STANDING OUTSIDE HOSPITAL
- A SIKH CARRYING SMALL INJURED GIRL IN HIS ARMS
- INJURED GIRL WITH PLASTERED LEG
- VARIOUS OF SIKHS CONSOLING WEEPING MAN
- SIKH WEEPING
- (SOUNDBITE) (Punjabi) UNIDENTIFIED SIKH SAYING:
- “19 people have been killed. Among them were four brothers and their wives. There were two mothers and sons, and a father and son. A total of 19 people have died. Among the injured are three ladies and three children.
- TRAFFIC OUTSIDE HOSPITAL
A spokesperson for Pakistan Railways said that the collision occurred at an unmanned railway crossing located between Farooqabad and Bahali Wala.
She said the crossing was unmanned and the driver of the van took a hasty decision by driving onto the tracks, adding that the passengers were all Sikh pilgrims.
Sheikhupura DPO Mohammad Ghazi Salahuddin told reporters the passengers in the coaster were Sikh Yatrees who were returning to Peshawar from Nankana Sahib where they had gone to visit relatives. He added that women and children were among the 20 people who were killed in the collision.
According to police, the dead, which include two children, were all residents of the western Pakistani city of Peshawar, home to most of Pakistan's nearly 40,000 Sikhs.
Locals said the accident took place due to the haste and negligence of the coach driver because he ignored the cautionary board as well as the speed breaker deployed by the Railways.
Rescue 1122 teams shifted the wounded to nearby hospitals. Some of the injured were believed to be in a critical condition
Officials said the Federal Minister for Railways had ordered an inquiry, and investigations are underway to figure out the negligence behind the accident.
Last year, a fire in a train compartment killed more than 70 passengers.