Pakistan Railways Shalimar Express hits oil Tanker in Sheikupura

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SHEIKHUPURA: Two persons including the train driver was killed and several others have been injured as Shalimar Express – a Karachi-bound passenger train, collided with an oil tanker leading to a huge explosion in the wee hours of Tuesday, confirmed DCO Tariq Akram according to media reports.

According to initial reports, the incident occurred at around 11:20pm when Shalimar Express which was coming from Lahore hit a loaded oil tanker at a railway crossing, Haran Minar Phatak.

Three carriages of the train caught fire after the collision. Firefighting services managed to extinguish the flames in all three of the carriages.

The injured have been shifted to the district headquarters hospital.

According to reports, the high tension wires near the station had also caught fire and the city had plunged into darkness. All the hospitals in Lahore and Sheikupura were put on high alert as the number of causalities was feared to mount.

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