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At Least 19 Killed, Dozens Injured As Two Trains Collide In Karachi


Spectators watch as rescue workers search a train that crashed in Karachi on November 3.

Spectators watch as rescue workers search a train that crashed in Karachi on November 3.

Two trains have collided in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, killing at least 19 people and injuring around 50 others, officials said.

The collision occurred as the Zakaria Express from Multan rammed into the Fareed Express from Lahore on November 3.

Television footage of the country's second major rail collision in less than two months showed mangled and overturned carriages, and media reported rescuers were working to free people trapped in the wreckage.

Train traffic between Karachi, Pakistan's biggest city, and the rest of the country was suspended after the collision near the city's Landi Railway Station, television news channels reported.

In September, at least four people were killed and 93 injured when an express train collided with a freight train near the city of Multan in Punjab Province.

Pakistan's colonial-era railway network has fallen into disrepair in recent decades due to chronic underinvestment and poor maintenance.

Based on reporting by Reuters, dpa, Dawn, and AFP
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