Train kills 3 students, crushes school van


FILE PHOTO: Train crushes school van, 3 students dead in Pakistan.

Officials on Tuesday reported that a train crushed a school van at an unmanned railway crossing in Pakistan killing three students and wounding seven others.

Local Police Chief, Saleem Niazi, said the van carrying students to school during morning rush hour was hit by the train in the town of Sheikhupura in the central province of Punjab.

Niazi said the van driver misjudged the speed of the approaching train and tried to drive through the crossing before it arrived.

A doctor, Mohamed Imran, said two students died on the spot, while another succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital.

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Accidents at unmanned railway crossings in Pakistan regularly result in casualties.

Railway tracks across the region were laid by the British colonial rulers of the Indian sub-continent in the 19th century.

Most have not been upgraded since then.

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