Six killed, 50 injured as Rawalpindi-bound train derails in Bolan

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RAWALPINDI (Web Desk) – At least six people including driver were killed and more than fifty others sustained injuries when five bogies of Jaffar Express derailed in Balochistan’s Bolan district on Tuesday.

The train was travelling from Quetta to the garrison city of Rawalpindi. However, reason behind the incident could not be ascertained yet.

Railway authorities and rescue teams reached the site and shifted the victims to hospitals in Quetta.

The incident comes five months after a special train carrying troops and military equipment derailed and fell from Chanawan Bridge in the eastern province of Punjab, killing more than fifteen army men.

The incident occurred near the eastern town of Wazirabad as the train carried soldiers from southern Sindh province to the garrison town of Kharian.

Train accidents are common in Pakistan, where tracks and bridges are often poorly maintained and where drivers often disregard speed limits.

Pakistan inherited thousands of miles of track and trains from the former colonial power, Britain, but the railways have seen decades of decline due to corruption, mismanagement and under-investment.

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