Death toll in Pakistan train crash rises to 63

ASIF HASSAN / AFP

The death toll in a train crash in southern Pakistan rose to 63 on Tuesday.

A train smashed into derailed carriages of another train on Monday, killing at least 36 people and injuring over 100.

The toll rose to 63 after bodies were retrieved overnight from mangled coaches strewn across the tracks, an official from Pakistan Railways said.

Another 23 injured passengers are still under treatment, he said, adding the rest of them were sent to their destinations.

Rescue operations have been completed, said statements from the railway and Pakistani military, which worked at the site along with police and other rescuers.

One side of the two rail tracks have been cleared and work was in progress to clear the other one to help restore traffic.

Several carriages of a train derailed and fell across the adjacent track in the Ghotki district on Monday. Within minutes, a second train, coming from the other direction, smashed into them.

"The driver tried to apply emergency brakes but the locomotive hit the infringing coaches," Pakistan Railways said in an initial report.

The trains were carrying a total of 1,388 passengers.

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