Two express trains have collided in southern Pakistan, killing at least 35 passengers and injuring dozens of others as rescuers and villagers worked to pull trapped people out of the wreckage.

Iran Press/Asia: The collision in the early hours of Monday in the Ghotki district of the Sindh province happened after the coaches of one train, the Millat Express, derailed and fell across the opposite track, where it was hit by a second train, the Sir Syed Express.

Between 15 and 20 people are still trapped in the wreckage while authorities arrange heavy machinery to rescue passengers crying for help, senior district police official Umar Tufail told local media.

Azam Swati, minister for railways, said 35 people had died so far and dozens of others were injured, with the death toll likely to rise as rescuers try to access several mangled coaches.

Railway officials said there were about 1,100 passengers on board the two trains.

According to local media reports some of the passengers travelling on the Millat Express train were attending a wedding but it was unclear whether they were among the dead or injured.

Train accidents are common in Pakistan due to the poorly maintained signal system and ageing tracks. In 1990, a packed passenger train collided into a standing freight train in southern Pakistan, killing 210 people in the worst rail disaster in the country’s history.


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