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The Tragic Incident
An express train derailment claimed the lives of 31 people, with missing fishplates and track damage identified as the primary causes. The Hazara Express, traveling from Karachi to Rawalpindi, derailed near the Sarhari Railway Station in Nawabshah district, leaving a trail of devastation.
A preliminary report from the Pakistan Railways inquiry team revealed that the derailment occurred due to missing fishplates and a damaged track. The investigation noted the absence of proper examination of the train engine by senior subordinates and highlighted the responsibility of the engineering and mechanical branches.
The People’s Medical College Hospital in Benazirabad, the district housing Nawabshah, played a crucial role in responding to the tragedy. Over 120 injured individuals were treated, with most already discharged and 30 still under medical care. Additionally, the identification and handling of the deceased was managed by family members.
While the majority consensus pointed to missing fishplates and track damage, dissenting views emerged. One expert argued that the derailment resulted from two missing fishplates, a broken rail, and engine derailment due to gauge spread. Another perspective suggested engine axle jamming as the root cause, leading to a cascade of issues.
This preliminary report is just the beginning of a comprehensive investigation. The Federal Government Inspector of Railways is on-site to uncover the full extent of the incident and determine its underlying causes.
As authorities delve deeper into the investigation, the tragic train derailment in Pakistan serves as a somber reminder of the importance of rail safety and infrastructure maintenance. The nation mourns the lives lost and awaits a thorough understanding of the circumstances surrounding this devastating event.
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