The death toll from a train collision in central Pakistan rose to 23 on July 12th after several more people died of their injuries overnight, AFP has reported.
On July 11th, a passenger train coming from the eastern city of Lahore collided with a freight train that had stopped at a crossing in Rahim Yar Khan district in Punjab province.
The crash left carriages overturned and debris piled at the side of the tracks after rescuers used cranes to lift the twisted wreckage in search of victims.
"According to the latest updates available with us, the death toll rose to 23 overnight after more people died of their wounds in different hospitals," a senior Pakistan Railways official told AFP, adding that a total of 73 people were still being treated for injuries. Another senior railways official confirmed the toll and said, "rescuers have pulled out all the dead and injured from the wreckage". "We are now focusing on quickly clearing the track," he added.
The cause of the July 11th incident is still under investigation but Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said he believed the reason was human error. The minister announced the payment of compensation to the families of the dead and injured.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has asked Sheikh Rashid Ahmed to take emergency steps to improve the dilapidated railway infrastructure and poor maintenance, which have made train accidents common in Pakistan.