Islamabad: At least 11 people were killed and over 60 injured in a collision between a passenger train and a stationary goods train near the town of Rahim Yar Khan in central Pakistan.
The incident took place on Thursday morning at the Walhar railway station, located about 35km south of Rahim Yar Khan.
“The Akbar Express going from Bahawalpur to Quetta hit a freight train that was parked there at 7.40am,” a local police official told Al Jazeera on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to media.
Senior police official Umar Salamat told local media the collision took place because the passenger train was diverted onto the incorrect track at the station, hitting the parked freight train.
Local media reported that rescue operations were underway at the collision site, with workers using equipment to get to some of those trapped in the train wreckage.
The injured were taken to a nearby government hospital and to a more advanced facility in Rahim Yar Khan, hospital officials said.