Railways Minister orders probe into Pattoki accident

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LAHORE: Federal Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad on Tuesday took notice of Pattoki train-car accident in which four persons were killed.
According to Railways spokesman, the minister had ordered inquiry into the accident and sought a report from chief executive officer Railways in this regard.
The spokesman further said that a team headed by deputy divisional superitendent Railways reached the spot after notice by the high-ups and collected evidence.
He said that a case had been registered against three persons involved in the incident whereas the team also got arrested the gateman present on the crossing at the time of accident. He said that the team also visited the residence of the victims and assured justice to the heirs. It is pertinent to mention here that four members of the same family including two women were killed when their car collided with a train at railways crossing in Habibabad area of Pattoki on Tuesday.
Earlier, At least four people were crushed to death when a passenger train hit the car in Pattoki on Tuesday.
According to rescue sources, the passenger train smashed into a car near the Landa Phattak area, killing four people on the spot.
Soon after the incident, residents staged a protest and blocked the railway track demanding the provincial government to take notice of the incident.
They claimed the incident occurred due to the negligence of the railways staff.
Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed took notice of the incident and has summoned report from Chief Executive Officer (CEO) railways. Punjab Chief Usman Buzdar also summoned report from authorities and expressed deep grief over the loss of precious human lives in the Pattoki train-car accident.