A derailed Amtrak car can be seen up the tracks near a crossing after an early morning collision with a CSX freight train on February 4, 2018 in Cayce, South Carolina. 
Two Amtrak employees were killed and more than 100 others injured February 4, 2018 when a passenger train carrying 147 people hit a freight train in the US state of South Carolina, authorities said.Amtrak train 91 -- traveling between New York and Miami -- derailed in Cayce, outside the state capital Columbia, when it collided with the CSX freight train at around 2:30 am (0730 GMT). It was the third deadly incident involving an Amtrak train since December, raising questions about the safety of the national railway service.
 / AFP PHOTO / Logan Cyrus
A derailed Amtrak car can be seen up the tracks near a crossing after an early morning collision with a CSX freight train on February 4, 2018 in Cayce, South Carolina. Two Amtrak employees were killed and more than 100 others injured February 4, 2018 when a passenger train carrying 147 people hit a freight train in the US state of South Carolina, authorities said.Amtrak train 91 -- traveling between New York and Miami -- derailed in Cayce, outside the state capital Columbia, when it collided with the CSX freight train at around 2:30 am (0730 GMT). It was the third deadly incident involving an Amtrak train since December, raising questions about the safety of the national railway service. / AFP PHOTO / Logan Cyrus

Lahore/Islamabad: At least 16 passengers were killed and more than 80 others injured on Thursday when an express train rammed into a stationery freight train in Pakistan's Punjab province, officials said.

The Quetta-bound Akbar Express collided with the stationary freight train at the Walhar Railway Station in Sadiqabad Tehsil of the province, Dawn quoted officials as saying. The freight train was on the loop line when the speeding passenger train instead of running on the main line entered the wrong track.

"Sixteen people have been killed and over 80 others injured in the collision between two trains," according to a police official. All passengers, onboard the train headed to Quetta, have been removed from the train and track clearance operations were underway, Deputy Commissioner Rahim Yar Khan, Jamil Ahmed Jamil said.

He said that heavy machinery was being used to rescue passengers who were stuck in the train, adding that they were being provided with food and water. Authorities said the Pakistan Army was also taking part in the rescue efforts.

The engine of the Akbar Express was completely destroyed in the accident while three compartments were also damaged, police said. The injured have been shifted to nearby hospitals of Sadiqabad and Rahim Yar Khan for treatment where an emergency has been declared, Geo news reported.

-Sajjad Hussain

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