Gujranwala: At least nineteen have died and several others injured, after four bogies of a train fell in a canal, when railway-bridge collapsed near Gujranwala.

A statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said 14 dead bodies had been recovered from the site of the incident, while divers were searching the canal for five more dead bodies.

At least 80 people have been rescued and injured people have been shifted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Gujranwala, said government officials.

The special train heading to Kharian from Pano Aqil was carrying army personnel; they were traveling for a military exercise. A train from Lahore has been sent to the spot carrying technical and medical staff, while rescue teams and two helicopters have started relief operations.

The deceased include Pakistan Army Engineering Battalion Unit Commander Lt. Col Amir Jadoon, his wife and two kids, Lt. Col Rashid, Major Adil, Lieutenant Kashif, Constable Aslam, Lance Naik Zafar and staffers Babar and Aslam.

More than 80 passengers have been rescued by the divers of Pakistan Army and Rescue 1122. According to details, four bogies of the train fell into the canal after the railway track bridge collapsed near Jamke Chattha in canal in Gujranawala.

Senior General Manager of Pakistan Railways, Javed Anwar said the engine driver and fireman were also rescued by the divers of Pakistan Army.

Railway minister Khawaja Saad Rafique directed to constitute investigative committee, to probe into the sad incident. Railway spokesman said more casualties were feared, as many people were stuck in under water bogies. The spokesman said that hand of terrorism could not be ruled out in this accident, as Pakistan Express was passed through the same bridge.


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