KARACHI – At least three people including a railway guard were killed and more than 100 others injured in a collision between two passenger trains near Bin Qasim station here in the wee hours of Monday.

Landhi Railway Police said that at around 3:25am, Karachi-bound Shalimar Express collided with Millat Express near Ghaghar Phatak, leaving three people dead and dozens others wounded.

The bodies and injured were shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for medico-legal formalities and treatment. The deceased were identified as railway guard Ali Asghar and a passenger Shaukat.

Police said inquiry of the incident had been initiated while no case was registered so far. Police suspected Maqbool Magsi, a driver of Shalimar Express, was responsible for the incident.

SHO railway Saleem Ahmed said Maqbool was missing after the incident and he might have jumped out before collision. He said initial investigations revealed that Maqbool did not bother to follow the signal and got on the wrong track which resulted in accident.

He added that all victims except railway guard were the passengers of Millat Express.

Divisional Commercial Officer (DCO) Shoaib Adil said Shalimar Express, coming from Lahore and Millat Express, returning from Faisalabad, collided near Ghaghar Phatak at around 3:25 am that left three people including a railway guard dead and dozens other wounded.

He said a complete investigation would help conclude the reason behind the incident. It is premature to say that the incident occurred because of the negligence of driver or technical fault.

The accident was so severe that two bogies of Millat Express were derailed, engine of Shalimar Express was destroyed and several passengers were trapped in derailed boggies.

The rescue teams reached the scene of accident and shifted the injured to different hospitals of Karachi. Emergency was declared at all hospitals of the city to deal with the emergency.

Federal Minister for Pakistan Railways (PR) has also directed authorities to investigate the matter while Governor Sindh has sought report of the accident.

The accident also caused disruption in railway traffic and Peshawar-Karachi Awam Express was stopped at Jang Shahi Railway Station.

3 killed in trains collision near Karachi