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Pakistan train crash carnage kills 128
(China Daily)
Updated: 2005-07-14 05:44

GHOTKI, Pakistan: A crowded Pakistani passenger train rammed into another at a station yesterday and a third train then ploughed into the wreckage killing at least 128 people and injuring hundreds.

An aerial view shows derailed carriages after a train crash near Ghotki, 430 km (270 miles) northeast of Karachi, July 13, 2005. [Reuters]
Both Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday sent messages of condolence to their Pakistani counterparts Pervez Musharraf and Shaukat Aziz over the tragedy.

They offered their condolences to the victims' families, and expressed deep grief over the those killed in the accident.

About 1,000 people were aboard each of the trains and many of the passengers were asleep at the time of the pre-dawn disaster.

Railway officials said human error was to blame. Police and rescuers are still searching for bodies in the mangled remains of carriages.

"I was sleeping. I woke up at the noise of a huge bang and then there was big jerk and smoke all over the place," said a distraught injured passenger, Mohammad Amin.

"There was total darkness... I hit the floor and fainted," said Amin who was desperately searching for his son.
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