In a tragic turn of events, a train collided with two motorcycle rickshaws today resulting in death of several children in Lodhran district in Punjab.
The incident took place at Jalal Pur Pir Wala railway crossing when Hazara express smashed into the rickshaws. The train was heading from Karachi to Lahore.
According to the local police, there were two motorcycle rickshaws involved in the accident resulting in the death of 7 of the children. The rickshaw driver misjudged the speed of the train due to dense fog while trying to cross the railway tracks.
Javed Ahmed, a local police officer said that while 7 children died, five more children between the age of 5-8 years including the rickshaw driver were critically injured.
It should be noted that there are conflicting reports on the number of injured and deaths circulating in the media as of now. Some sources say that 6 children died while 4 others were injured, others say 7 died with 6 injured.
The victims were rushed to the District Headquarters Hospital Lodhran.
The Chief Minister has taken notice of the event and has directed concerned authorities to provide the best medical facilities for the injured.