Broken tracks, missing joint bars Report on 34 dead in Pakistan railway accident

The Hazara Express train linking Karachi to Rawalpindi derailed on Sunday near Sarhari station in Nawabshah, 275 km from Karachi. 34 people died in the accident, and more than 80 were injured.
34 people were killed and more than 80 injured in a terrible train accident in Pakistan’s Sindh province on Sunday. Initial investigation has revealed that the accident occurred due to a missing splice bar and broken track. However, the authorities have not ruled out the possibility of tampering.

The Hazara Express train linking Karachi to Rawalpindi derailed on Sunday near Sarhari station in Nawabshah, 275 km from Karachi. According to the Pakistani newspaper The Dawn, the preliminary investigation revealed that the track on which the Hazara train was running was broken, and that two joint bars were also missing.

The six-member investigation team from Pakistan Railways stated that “after examining all aspects, we have come to the conclusion that the accident occurred due to the broken rail and the missing joint bar. The committee also considered that the slippage of the train’s engine was the cause of the accident.

However, some railroad officials do not rule out the possibility of sabotage. In addition, minor impact marks were found on the iron fishplate and wooden terminal upstream of the accident site. In such a report, the engineering and mechanical branches are held responsible for this accident.
Two members of the rail investigation team disagreed with this report. According to one of them, the real reason for the train’s derailment was a jammed drive axle. Marks were found on the fishplates due to the blocked drive axle. Due to the frequent axle blockage, the fishplates broke and disappeared.

However, the report states that this is the initial report. It will be some time before the final report is published. The report states that a detailed investigation is underway. The railroad inspector is also on site to discover the reasons for the tragedy. Many women and children also died in the accident. Many families have lost their breadwinners and loved ones. Burial of the bodies began on Monday.

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