At least 16 people have been killed, and more than 100 injured, following a train derailment, in Pakistan.
At least 16 people were killed and more than 100 hundred injured, after a train derailed in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, administration and railway officials said.
Railway officials said the train was carrying around 300 passengers.
The accident occurred near Quetta city, the provincial capital, after the train’s brakes failed as it sped down the side of a mountain, officials told AFP.
“Four carriages of a Rawalpindi-bound train which left Quetta railway station were derailed near Abegum area of Bolan district, some 75 kilometers (46 miles) from Quetta city,” Akbar Hussain Durrani, Baluchistan home secretary, told AFP.
“The incident happened because the brakes of the train failed,” he said, adding that at least 16 people had died.
The military said in a statement that 47 injured passengers were airlifted to hospital in two helicopters, with a spokesman saying earlier that at least 26 of those had been seriously injured. According to Durrani, five were in critical condition.
Other wounded passengers were transferred by ambulance, the statement said.