Train-bus collision kills 29 in Pakistan, most were Sikh pilgrims

The bus was reportedly hit by Lahore-bound Shah Hussain Express at an unmanned railway crossing

Visuals from the accident site | Photo: Twitter/ANI

As many as 29 passengers, most of whom were Pakistani Sikh pilgrims, were killed in a collision between a mini-bus and a train at an unmanned level crossing in Sheikhupura district in Pakistan’s Punjab province on Friday (July 3) afternoon.

The mini-bus carrying Sikh pilgrims was reportedly hit by the Lahore-bound Shah Hussain Express, coming from Karachi, at an unmanned level crossing at Farooqababd, some 60 kms from Lahore, at 1.30 pm, officials said.

According to Evacuee Trust Property Board spokesperson Amir Hashmi, at least 29 people, most of them Pakistani Sikhs, were killed in the collision.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi express grief over the incident and said, “Pained by the tragic demise of Sikh pilgrims in Pakistan. My thoughts are with their families and friends in this hour of grief. I pray that those pilgrims injured recover at the earliest.”

(With inputs from agencies)

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