At least 73 dead in massive train fire in eastern Pakistan
- Thursday, Oct 31 2019
As the flames raced through three of the carriages, people threw themselves off the speeding train, many of them to their death.
“We could hear people crying and screaming for help,” passenger Chaudhry Shujaat told the Associated Press. “I thought we would die. The next car was on fire. We felt so helpless.”
Passengers often bring their own cookers to make meals on the cheaper trains. Some of the survivors interviewed by local TV channels, however, suggested that the fire could have been caused by an electrical short.
Pakistan has a history of deadly train accidents stemming from poor railway infrastructure. Dozens have been killed in train derailments and collisions across the country in recent years. Many portions of Pakistan’s railways are decades old and lie in disrepair due to inefficiency, corruption and nepotism.
Despite the state of disrepair, the railways are heavily used, serving some 70 million passengers in the past year.
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