At least 17 die in Pakistan train crash

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By BBC/Evelyne Wareh

At least 17 people have died and another 40 have been injured in a train crash in Pakistan, local media said.

Two trains collided early on Thursday morning near Landhi railway station in the southern city of Karachi.

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Initial reports said that one of the trains had been given the wrong signal and at least two carriages had overturned following the crash.

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But railway official Nasir Nazeer said the collision’s cause could not yet be determined.

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All trains out of Karachi have been halted temporarily and rescue workers are at the scene.

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TV footage showed serious damage to the trains, and local newspaper Dawn reported that many people were trapped under the wreckage.

Train accidents are common in Pakistan, whose extensive colonial-era railway network has suffered from decades of decline.

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