A policeman walks past the mangled wreckage of the motorcycle rickshaw after a train collided with the vehicle in Khanpur, district Sheikhupura on July 6, 2013.—AFP Photo
A policeman walks past the mangled wreckage of the motorcycle rickshaw after a train collided with the vehicle in Khanpur, district Sheikhupura on July 6, 2013.—AFP Photo
The mangled wreckage of a motorcycle rickshaw lies on the ground.—AFP Photo
The mangled wreckage of a motorcycle rickshaw lies on the ground.—AFP Photo
Image shows location of Sheikupura on the map of Pakistan.—courtesy Bing maps
Image shows location of Sheikupura on the map of Pakistan.—courtesy Bing maps

SHEIKHUPURA: At least 14 people, including two children, were killed on Saturday when a train collided with a packed motorcycle rickshaw at a railway crossing in Sheikupura district.

“The accident occurred in Khanpur town of district Sheikhupura, around 40 kilometres northwest of Lahore,” said Salim Niazi, a local police official.

According to rescue officials, the train was on its way to Lahore when the rickshaw driver attempted to cross it from an unmanned level crossing near Khanpur.

Police said the motorcycle rickshaw was crammed with 16 people and drove onto the train track moments before the Lahore bound train passed through, smashing into it.

“Twelve people died on the spot. Four people with critical injuries were taken to hospital, of whom two expired,” said Muhammad Asim, a senior doctor at the local hospital.

“Two of them were children under 12 years old,” he said adding that many bodies were mutilated and unable to be identified.

The crossing was reported to have no barriers. “There was no gate at this crossing, (nor) a man to stop the traffic to clear way for the train,” said Niazi.


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Pakistan Tribune
Jul 06, 2013 03:12pm

Very unfortunate....even loss of over one dozen lives will not lead to corrective measures....Death is dancing everywhere in Islam republic of Pakistan.

awais riaz guru
Jul 06, 2013 07:15pm

It is very sad news.

Agha Ata
Jul 06, 2013 07:30pm

Such things happen when you overload a rickshaw more than they overload a train and then you try to go faster than the train, too.

Malik Rabbani
Jul 06, 2013 08:50pm

How many more dead bodies will move Govt to ban all slow moving vehicles like this "Motor Cycle Rikshaw". Wake-up for God sake wake up!

Sarah
Jul 06, 2013 11:38pm

I am trying to imagine how could this have happened. I mean knowing what a rickshaw looks like, how can it possibly hold 16 people as reported. Even if it somehow did, why didn't the occupants move out of the rickshaw when they saw the approaching train? Unbelievable and truly sad.

babar
Jul 07, 2013 12:03am

Saad Rafiq should resign , it's his responsibility to protect lives he can not say that incident happened because of Rikshaw driver. it's same thing if a suicide bomber blows up some where and security agencies are responsible not just the suicide bomber. Saad Rafiq should be fired.

Umair
Jul 07, 2013 02:39am

Kami nahi hai hamare mulk mein aisay logon ki ...

Blitzer
Jul 07, 2013 01:20pm

A very sad incident indeed. However, as for the "there were no gates" at this crossing is a moot point. Idiot drivers have been attempting to outrun trains since time immemorial and will continue to do so. Any iron gate would be uprooted and sold by thieves for scrap within a few days of installation.