Twenty-one passengers were injured when six coaches and the locomotive of Khushal Khan Khattak Express was derailed in a mountainous terrain between Attock and Mianwali, on Sunday morning.
The sections between Attock-Mianwali and Rawalpindi-Mianwali are suspended due to the sad incident. Rescue 1122 officials and the railways spokesperson said that there were no deaths in the accident.
Railways spokesperson also said that rescue trains from Kundian and Pindi were rushed to the scene.
“A relief train has been sent to the site for the transportation of Peshawar-bound passengers. Senior officers are there to supervise relief and rehabilitation work,” it added.
The statement also said the federal government’s inspector of railways would hold a thorough investigation to determine the cause of accident.
In reply to a question, the official said it would be premature to give a time frame for resumption of traffic on the route. “Since the accident site is off the road, repair of the track may take more time than usual.”
A railways official in Mianwali said the hilly rail track was more than century old and was in need of repair. He said top PR officials were aware of the fact, but they had ignored it for years.
The question now arises that could this accident be avoided. Or, is the government being only keen to start new trains without any proper prior check-up of the route. Such accident in remote areas causes a lot of trouble and the government should be responsible enough to do its proper research.