RAHIM YAR KHAN: Rail traffic remained suspended for an hour at the Khanpur Railway Station when two bogies of a Karachi-bound freight train derailed on Friday.

According to the Pakistan Railways, the goods train coming from Lahore was near the Khanpur Railway Station when its bogies derailed. As the speed was low, the bogies did not overturn but the track remained closed for traffic.

The derailment occurred due to the alleged negligence of the cabin man who could not divert the train on the other track.

Khanpur is considered dangerous for train derailments as many such incidents had occurred during the last few years.

Khanpur station master Muhammad Arbi told Dawn the incident occurred at 7am. As a result of the incident, he said, Sir Syed Express and Karachi Express were halted at the Liaquatpur and Dera Nawab railway stations.

Later, a relief train arrived at Khanpur and technical staff cleared the track from the derailed bogies and diverted the bogies to the other track, which took half an hour.

Sir Syed Express and Karachi Express departed for their destinations after a 45 minutes delay, Mr Arbi said.

Published in Dawn, August 6th, 2022

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