Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Train hits motorcycle, kills three siblings in Gojra

They crossed an open railway gate; locals stopped train in protest

People gather near the site of accident. Photo: Geo News

GOJRA: Three people riding a motorcycle on a railway track were killed when a train crashed into them on Tuesday.

According to the police, the deceased included two brothers and their sister. They hailed from Faisalabad.

The train, Shalimar Express, was en route from Karachi to Lahore, but people from the nearby area stopped it in protest after the incident.

The occurrence of such accidents is frequent as vehicles, including rickshaws, cars and motorcycles, are often seen driving across open railway track gates, eventually being hit by trains that are scheduled to cross the path.

In a similar incident earlier this year, six people were killed when a train hit a car in Gojra.

Before that, on January 6, a motorcycle-rickshaw collided with the Hazara Express, resulting in the death of eight people, including six schoolchildren and the driver in Lodhran. 

The accident took place when 15 children were en route to school. As in the other such accidents, the gate at the site of the Lodhran crash was also left open.