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20 people, mostly Sikh pilgrims, feared dead as train rams bus in Pakistan’s Sheikhupura

 

WORLD Updated: Jul 03, 2020 18:35 IST

Imtiaz Ahmad | Edited by Arpan Rai
Imtiaz Ahmad | Edited by Arpan Rai
Hindustan Times, Islamabad
The bus carrying the pilgrims was hit at an unmanned railway crossing by the Karachi bound Shah Hussain Express. The bus carrying the pilgrims was hit at an unmanned railway crossing by the Karachi bound Shah Hussain Express. (ANI / Twitter)

Twenty people, mostly Sikh pilgrims, are feared dead in an accident between a bus and a train near Sheikhupura on Friday afternoon.

The bus carrying the pilgrims was hit at an unmanned railway crossing by the Karachi bound Shah Hussain Express. The pilgrims were travelling from Peshawar. Police have said there were 25-27 persons in the van at the time of the accident.

Pakistan railways official said railway and district rescue teams arrived at the spot to rescue the victims. The injured were rushed to Sheikhupura Hospital and some are reported to be in critical condition.

The crossing gate where the accident took place was closed but the coach driver may have tried to take a shortcut instead of waiting at the crossing, which resulted in the crash, a local police official said.

According to the secretary-general of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee Sardar Amir Singh, the deceased belong to three or four families.

The pilgrims were on their way back to Peshawar after a visit to Nankana Sahib — where they had gone to visit relatives. The convoy of pilgrims comprised two more coaches but both took another route and have been reported to be safe.

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan said that the sikh pilgrim were returning from Nankana Sahib. He also said that the injured will be provided with proper medical care.

“Deeply saddened at the accident this afternoon at a railway crossing near Sheikhupura which resulted in the death of atleast 20 people, mainly Sikh pilgrims returning from Nankana Sahib. Have directed that proper medical care be provided to the injured,” Khan tweeted.

Officials said the Sikh pilgrims were from the northwestern city of Peshawar, reported news agency Associated Press.

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The transport system is so bad in those countries, I'v seen horrific things like trucks and buses flipped upside down, motorbikes being knocked over. There is no infrastructure there whats so ever.

The reason the trucks drivers are so chaotic is because this guy in India who used to drive told me one of the popular routes is delivering from Delhi to Kolkata and the factories that are receiving the stock whoever the first few trucks are to reach there they give them extra cash and booze. So that's why you see 1000s and 1000s of truck drivers driving so chaotically, beeping away and meandering around all the other vehicles. The factory people want to receive the stock/supplies asap so they put these illegal rewards in place, it all gets given underground. Not to mention all the STDs these drivers pass around up and down the country. A lot of them also drug themselves to keep "awake" 

When the barrier comes down at the train crossing you still get people jumping over it to cross to the other side! 

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This will keep happening until drivers learn to be patient and the owners of the cars/wagons put peoples health first before profit. These people drive as fast as possible whilst swerving traffic with a boat load of people and baggage.

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