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18 August 2017 Last updated 32 minutes ago

Bahawalpur: Saad Rafique visits Victoria Hospital, meets victims of Lodhran mishap

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Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique

Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Saturday visited Victoria Hospital and met the victims of Lodhran train crash that killed 9 people including eight children.

The minister pledged to ensure justice to the bereaved families and announced Rs15 lac for the families of the deceased and Rs3 lac for the injured.

He said that three suspects have been arrested from whom investigation is underway however, the signal was functional and the incident took place due to negligence of railway crossing worker.

He also revealed that proposal regarding the mental and psychological tests of drivers and assistant drivers with provision of mobile phones to them is under consideration.

Read more: Six children killed, seven injured as train rams into school rickshaw in Lodhran

The incident took place when a school rickshaw was trying to pass through Jalalpur’s open railway crossing and struck by train due to negligence of railway employee.

The eye witnesses said that train collided with the vehicle in the presence of railway worker who didn’t close the gates.

Sources told that the mishap had occurred due to no communication system at the crossing.