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An express train barreled into another that had derailed in Pakistan on Monday morning, killing at least 40 people, authorities said.
More than 100 were injured, and rescuers and villagers worked throughout the day to pull survivors and the dead from the crumpled cars.
Cries for help pierced the night as passengers climbed out of overturned or crushed rail cars, and local people rushed to the scene in the district of Ghotki, in the southern province of Sindh.
This image from a video, shows people gathering at the site of a train collision in Ghotki, Pakistan. (AP)
Two express trains collided in southern Pakistan early on Monday, killing at least 35 passengers. (AP)Later in the day, heavy machinery arrived to cut open some cars, in the hopes of rescuing several people still believed to be trapped.
The military deployed troops and helicopters to assist.
About 3.30am (8.30am AEST), the Millat Express train derailed and the Sir Syed Express train hit it minutes later, said Usman Abdullah, a deputy commissioner of Ghotki.
It wasn't immediately clear what caused the derailment, and the driver of the second train said he braked when he saw the disabled train but didn't have time to avoid the collision.
"The challenge for us is to quickly rescue those passengers who are still trapped in the wreckage," said Umar Tufail, a police chief in the district.
The death toll steadily rose through the day, reaching at least 40, according to Mr Abdullah.
It wasn't immediately clear what caused the derailment and the subsequent collision. (AP)
According to railway officials, about 1,100 passengers were on board the two trains. (AP)Officials said more than 100 passengers were injured, and those with critical injuries would be brought by helicopter to a nearby city's hospital. According to railway officials, about 1100 passengers were on board the two trains.
Earlier, Azam Swati, the minister for railways who headed to the scene of the crash, told The Associated Press engineers and experts were trying to determine what caused the collision and that all aspects would be examined, including the possibility of sabotage.
Habibur Rehman Gilani, chairman of Pakistan Railways, told Pakistan's Geo News TV that the segment of the railway tracks where the crash took place was old and needed replacing. He did not elaborate.
Officials at Pakistan railways said they had ordered an investigation and rescue work was still in progress. (AP)
This image from a video, shows trains after a collision in Ghotki, Pakistan. (AP)Aijaz Ahmed, the driver of the Sir Syed Express, told the station that on seeing the derailed train, he tried his best to avoid the crash by braking but failed. Railway officials said Ahmed was slightly injured, and villagers pulled him from the train's engine after the crash.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his deep sorrow over the tragedy, saying on Twitter that he had asked the railway minister to supervise the rescue work and also ordered a probe into the crash.
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