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At least 33 killed in Pakistan train and bus crashes

At least 33 people have been killed in two crashes in Pakistan, with dozens more injured.

A passenger train rammed into a stationary freight train at Walhar Railway Station in Rahim Yar Khan, in the eastern Punjab province, killing at least 20 people and injuring 78 others.

Pakistani rescuers and local residents gather around the wreckage of carriages at the site of train accident in Rahim Yar Khan district in Punjab province on July 11, 2019. - At least nine people were killed and more than 60 injured when two trains collided in central Pakistan early July 11, officials said. The incident took place in Rahim yar Khan district in Punjab province when a passenger train coming from the eastern city of Lahore rammed into a goods train that had stopped at a crossing, a senior government official said. (Photo by STR / AFP)        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Image: Rescuers and residents at the scene of the train crash, where at least 20 people died
A Pakistani rescuer carries an injured passenger at the site of train accident in Rahim Yar Khan district in Punjab province on July 11, 2019. - t least nine people were killed and more than 60 injured when two trains collided in central Pakistan early July 11, officials said. The incident took place in Rahim yar Khan district in Punjab province when a passenger train coming from the eastern city of Lahore rammed into a goods train that had stopped at a crossing, a senior government official said. (Photo by STR / AFP)        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Image: A rescue worker carries a passenger from the train crash

Local media is reporting that 13 people were also killed and 34 injured when a passenger bus crashed in Hasanabdal.

The bus was travelling to the eastern city of Lahore from the northwestern region of Swat and crashed on a motorway.

Survivors told reporters the bus was speeding on a wet and slippery road when it skidded and fell into a gorge.

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Another 34 people were injured in the bus crash
Image: Another 34 people were injured in the bus crash

The injured have been taken to hospital in Hasanabdal and Taxila by police and rescue teams. Officers said the number of dead may rise as five people were in a critical condition.

Hospitals declared an emergency after the train crash, according to Jamil Ahmed, an official in the provincial government.

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Survivors said the bus had been speeding on a wet road
Image: Survivors said the bus had been speeding on a wet road
At least 13 people have been killed in the bus crash
Image: At least 13 people were killed in the bus crash

Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was "saddened" by the news and ordered authorities to provide the best possible medical care to the victims.

He ordered railways minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad to "take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure" and ensure safety standards.

Pakistan's army is also helping with the rescue efforts in the train crash.

Train accidents are common in Pakistan because of poor railway infrastructure and negligence by authorities, while roads and vehicles are also poorly maintained.

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