According to officials, seven persons were killed when a bogie of a Karachi Express train caught fire near Tando Masti Khan in Sindh’s Khairpur district early Thursday.
Mohsin Siyal, District Coordination Officer for Pakistan Railways (PR), confirmed the number of casualties.
Dr. Abu Talib, a police surgeon, verified the death toll, adding that six of the remains were “unidentifiable” and will be returned to their families following DNA tests. He stated that the remains had been sent to the Civil Hospital in Khairpur.
The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
According to a news statement released by PR, the train was travelling from Karachi to Lahore when the department received word at around 12:30 a.m. that the air-conditioned business coach had caught fire.
The train was subsequently stopped near the Tando Masti Khan station, and the fire department was contacted, which arrived around 1:50 a.m., according to a press release. The fire was brought under control after 40 minutes, according to the report.
According to the press release, one of the victims was a 70-year-old woman who was seriously injured when she attempted to jump from the fire carriage, and she later died as a result of her injuries.