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Broken welding joint caused Pakistan train accident, killing 65

By
Zarrin Ahmed
Fifty-six people were killed and nearly 100 others injured when the Millat Express derailed and collided with Sir Syed Express in Pakistan. Photo by Waqar Hussein/EPA-EFE
Fifty-six people were killed and nearly 100 others injured when the Millat Express derailed and collided with Sir Syed Express in Pakistan. Photo by Waqar Hussein/EPA-EFE

June 8 (UPI) -- Officials say a broken welding joint on a train track in Pakistan caused the Sir Syed Express and the Millat Express to collide on Monday, killing a total of 65 people and injuring 98 others.

Rescue operations stopped Tuesday, according to the Pakistan Army. Rescuers pulled more bodies from the wreck Tuesday, and railway officials said the track has been cleared and restored with train services resuming.

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The accident occurred when the Karachi-bound Sir Syed Express plowed into the derailed bogies of a Sargodha-bound Millat Express near the border between the Sindh and Punjab provinces.

The engine of the Sir Syed Express and four coaches derailed as a result. Data obtained from the black boxes of the trains will be included in an investigation report of the Federal Inspectors of Railways.

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