Death toll in Pakistan train disaster climbs to at least 40

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The accident happened around 3:30 a.m. local time Monday when most of the 1,200 passengers on the Millat Express.
The death toll in the horrific railroad accident in Pakistan climbed to at least 40 on Monday, with more than 100 injured — as rescuers and villagers continued to pull victims from the wreckage.

Several people were still trapped in the trains near Daharki, in a remote part of rural Sindh province, which took rescuers with special equipment hours to reach, Agence France-Presse reported.

The accident happened around 3:30 a.m. local time Monday when most of the 1,200 passengers on the Millat Express — which was headed from Karachi to Sargodha when it derailed — and the Sir Syed Express from Rawalpindi would have been asleep.

"We tumbled upon each other, but that was not so fatal," Akhtar Rajput, a passenger on the Millat Express, told AFP.

"Then another train hit us from nowhere, and that hit us harder. When I regained my senses, I saw passengers lying around me, some were trying to get out of the coach," he added.

The Millat Express train derailed and then was struck by the Sir Syed Express train. AFP via Getty Images

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