The death toll from the train collision in Pakistan has risen to 63, and at least 150 people have been injured.
From Sunday to Monday night, a passenger train from the south of Karachi to the north derailed. Soon after, an oncoming train collided with a derailed carriage. “If that train is 10 minutes late, this disaster can be avoided,” a local railway official told AFP.
The oncoming train driver told the Pakistani media that he had given the green light. “After the last signal, I started to accelerate, when I saw people on the track tell me to stop. I still applied the emergency brake, but it was too late.”
The cause of the train accident is still under investigation, but the minister concerned has pointed out the poor condition of Pakistan’s railways. The Minister of the Interior called the route “a mess” and the Minister of Railways said it was “very dangerous”.