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In pictures: Tezgam train tragedy engulfs 73 passengers

About 90pc of the victims were burned alive.
Published Nov 01, 2019 02:52pm

In a rare and one of the most horrifying tragedies in Pakistan Railways’ history, 73 passengers were killed, with 90 per cent of them burnt alive, and over 40 injured when three coaches of Rawalpindi-bound Tezgam Express caught fire near Liaquatpur on early Thursday morning.

According to the ministry, the fire was caused by a cylinder blast that occurred when passengers were preparing breakfast for themselves in a moving train, a claim heavily disputed by eye witnesses.

At least 40 people were reported to be injured and were shifted to DHQ Hospital in Liaquatpur. Some of the injured were also shifted to Bahawal Victoria Hospital in Bahawalpur due to their critical condition.

Firefighters work to cool down the burnt-out train carriages after a passenger train caught on fire near Rahim Yar Khan on October 31. — AFP
Firefighters work to cool down the burnt-out train carriages after a passenger train caught on fire near Rahim Yar Khan on October 31. — AFP

Hospital staff shift a man who was injured in a train fire, to a hospital in Multan on October 31. — AP
Hospital staff shift a man who was injured in a train fire, to a hospital in Multan on October 31. — AP

Injured victims are treated at a hospital in Bahawalpur on October 31, after a passenger train caught on fire in Rahim Yar Khan. — AFP
Injured victims are treated at a hospital in Bahawalpur on October 31, after a passenger train caught on fire in Rahim Yar Khan. — AFP

People gather near the bodies of the victims, after a fire broke out in a passenger train and destroyed three carriages near the town of Rahim Yar Khan on October 31. — Reuters
People gather near the bodies of the victims, after a fire broke out in a passenger train and destroyed three carriages near the town of Rahim Yar Khan on October 31. — Reuters

Security personnel and residents gather on a rail track after a passenger train caught on fire near Rahim Yar Khan on October 31. — AFP
Security personnel and residents gather on a rail track after a passenger train caught on fire near Rahim Yar Khan on October 31. — AFP

People attend the funeral of a train fire victim in Mirpurkhas on Friday, November 1. — AP
People attend the funeral of a train fire victim in Mirpurkhas on Friday, November 1. — AP

People walk past the burnt-out train carriages a day after a passenger train caught on fire in Rahim Yar Khan on November 1, 2019. — AFP
People walk past the burnt-out train carriages a day after a passenger train caught on fire in Rahim Yar Khan on November 1, 2019. — AFP

Header image: People look inside a burnt-out train carriage a day after a passenger train caught on fire in Rahim Yar Khan on November 1, 2019. — AFP