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Dozens killed, several injured as train derails in Pakistan

At least 30 people were killed and nearly 70 wounded when a train derailed in southern Pakistan on Sunday, according to local media. Train accidents are common in Pakistan, where successive governments have paid little attention to improving the poorly maintained signal system and ageing tracks.

At least 30 people were killed and 67 injured after a train derailed in Pakistan on Sunday, according to public broadcaster Radio Pakistan.

Relief and rescue efforts are underway after the Hazara Express derailed near Nawabshah in the southern Sindh province of Pakistan on Sunday, spokesperson Babar Raza told CNN over the phone.

It was headed from Karachi to Havelian.

According to Raza, people are being freed from the wreckage and two relief trains are on their way to the site.

Images showed dozens of people near the accident site trying to free people from the wreckage and at least one coach overturned. Other images showed people clambering onto the train’s roof.

The operation is ongoing and wounded passengers will be transferred to nearby hospitals, Radio Pakistan reported.

According to the Pakistani Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique the cause of the derailment will be determined “after thorough investigation.”

Speaking to reporters in Lahore, the minister said that “relevant officials have been directed to ascertain all possibilities.”

Pakistan’s railway system has a poor safety record, with a series of deadly accidents in recent years a tragic reminder of the country’s ageing infrastructure and safety standards.

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