June 7 (UPI) — Two express trains collided early Monday in southern Pakistan, killing at least 37 people and injuring 64 others with expectations the death toll will rise as a rescue operation is underway to extract people from the wreckage, authorities said.
Umar Tufail, a Ghotki police chief, confirmed the death toll to Pakistan’s Geo News, stating rescuers were still attempting to access compartments mangled in the crash that occurred hours earlier when the two trains collided.
One of the inaccessible compartments, he said, contained up to 25 people rescuers have yet to reach.
Geo News reported the collusion occurred early Monday when a Millat Express train heading from Pakistan’s southern-tip city of Karachi to Sargodha in the north derailed in Ghotki and slammed into a Sir Syed Express train that was headed to Karachi.
Ghotki is located about 336 miles northeast of Karachi.
Imran Khan, the prime minister of Pakistan, said he was “shocked by the horrific train accident.”
“Have asked Railway Minister to reach site & ensure medical assistance to injured & support for families of the dead,” he said in a tweet. “Ordering comprehensive investigation into railway safety.”