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At least 10 killed in Pakistan train accident: Officials

At a crossing point with no gate, a Pakistani train collided Saturday with a moving rickshaw, killing at least 10, including children

AFP , Saturday 6 Jul 2013
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At least 10 people, including two children, were killed Saturday after a train collided with a packed motorcycle rickshaw in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province, officials said.

A high-speed train travelling from country's largest city Karachi to the capital of Punjab province Lahore crushed the rikshaw on a road crossing that had no barrier.

"The accident occurred in Khanpur town of district Sheikhupura, around 40 kilometres northwest of Lahore," Salim Niazi, a local police official told AFP.

Rescue officials said at least two children were among the dead.

"Our staff are busy in evacuating the injured and dead bodies. So far, we can confirm the death of at least 10 people, including two children," Jam Sajjad, a spokesman for the rescue department, told AFP.

Police said the motorcycle rickshaw was crammed with 16 people and drove onto the train track moments before the Lahore bound train passed through, smashing into it.

"There was no gate at this crossing, (nor) a man to stop the traffic to clear way for the train," said Niazi.

Pakistan maintains a poor railway system based on British era track and old coaches. Many Pakistanis avoid travelling by train due to low safety standards and unsatisfactory facilities.

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