Sukkur rail disaster
|Sukkur rail disaster|
|Date||4 January 1990|
|Line||Multan to Karachi|
|Cause||Incorrectly set points|
The train concerned (Bahauddin Zakaria Express) was on a 500-mile overnight run from Multan to Karachi and was carrying many more passengers in its 16 carriages than its 1408-seat capacity. It was supposed to pass straight through the village of Sangi but incorrectly set rail points sent it into a siding where it collided with an empty 67-car freight train at a speed of at least 35 mph. The first three carriages were destroyed and the next two badly damaged; 307 people were killed and 700 injured.
The investigation found railway staff to be 'directly responsible' for the disaster. Three staff on duty at Sangi station were charged with manslaughter.
- At Least 210 Die in Pakistan's Worst Rail Crash from The New York Times
- An improperly set railroad switch is blamed for the early morning collision from the Los Angeles Times