PV International Desk : At least 62 people were killed and scores injured when a train caught fire near the city area of Liaquatpur on Thursday.
The train, Tezgam, was on its way from Karachi to Rawalpindi, when a gas cylinder carried by a passenger exploded, leaving several dead and injured, geo.tv reported.
The fire destroyed three of the train’s carriages, including two economy class carriages and one business class carriage.
Head of the district rescue service Baqir Hussain confirmed the news of the death toll. Hussain added the dead bodies will be identified through DNA.
Hospital sources said, 10 of the dead bodies have been identified, while 17 are unidentifiable.
A Pakistan Railways official confirmed that the fire was caused by the explosion in a gas cylinder. After the blast, the raging fire engulfed two other coaches as well.
Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed while speaking to Geo News said, “Two cooking stoves blew up. They were cooking, they had (cooking) oil which added fuel to fire.”
“Most deaths occurred from people jumping off the train,” he added