ISLAMABAD: Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Thursday stated the train accident near Sadiqabad was the result of human negligence.
At least 18 people were killed and 66 others injured when a passenger train collided with a freight train near Sadiqabad.
Talking to media, Rasheed expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in the accident and said the accident occurred due to negligence.
The minister said, the train accident occurred due to human error and said he has ordered an investigation into the incident.
Rasheed further said all assistance will be provided to the families of the deceased and the injured. He added, Rs1.5 million will be given as compensation to the families of those killed in the accident, while Rs500,000 will be given to those critically injured.
The railways minister added, there is a lot of corruption in railways which will take time to eliminate. “Complete investigation is done into accidents. After the train accident in Hyderabad two section officers were given a notice while two others were dismissed from the department,” Rasheed said.—NNI