Horrific train explosion kills 70 and leaves many injured



Ruins of the train that exploded in Pakistan leaving at least 70 dead and 30 injured

In a fire that took over a train in Pakistan, at least 70 people were killed and 30 more injured. The train was passing through the town of Rahim Yar Khan, in the south of Punjab province, when a stove blew up, causing a fire which spread through the train, according to local police officer Amir Taimoor. Nadeem Zia, the medical supervisor of District Headquarters Hospital in Liaquatpur, a city in Rahim Yar Khan district, confirmed the death toll.

Fire pouring out of the train after gas explosion

Geo TV, a broadcaster for CNN, showed a blazing fire tearing through the train and pouring out of each and every window. An army helicopter was flown to the site from the city Multan to evacuate those who were critically injured, according to the ISPR, a media wing of the Pakistan Armed Forces. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi have both shared their condolences for the victims’ families on social media.

Rescue units come to aid injured people after train explosion

Reporters began to speculate how the train even caught on fire. Officials said some passengers had been preparing breakfast aboard the train, which is against regulations, when the gas cylinder fueling the stove exploded. The resulting fire quickly engulfed three cars full of passengers — two economy-class cars and one business-class car. Uzma Bibi was on the train with 17 family members on their way to a wedding in the city of Lahore. They heard an explosion, she said, and looked out the windows to see flames starting to billow out from nearby cars. Uzma Bibi later said, “There was panic, and everyone started shouting. Seven people in our car jumped off to save their lives.” Another thing that did not help with the panic at all was the fact that the emergency brake was not working.

What happened in Pakistan was a tragedy that effected the lives of many. With at least 70 people dead and about 30 more injured, this horrific event impacted many people. Hopefully in the future we are able to prevent these deaths.