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Officials say 6 people killed in Pakistan train accident

  • Pakistani volunteers remove an injured passenger from a train that collided with a freight train near Multan, Pakistan, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Scores of passengers were killed and many others were hurt Thursday when a passenger train collided with a freight train near the central Pakistan city of Multan, rescuers and a railway officials said. (AP Photo/Asim Tanveer)

    Pakistani volunteers remove an injured passenger from a train that collided with a freight train near Multan, Pakistan, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Scores of passengers were killed and many others were hurt Thursday when a passenger train collided with a freight train near the central Pakistan city of Multan, rescuers and a railway officials said. (AP Photo/Asim Tanveer)  (The Associated Press)

  • People look at a mangled passenger train that had collided with freight train near Multan, Pakistan, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Scores of passengers were killed and many others were hurt Thursday when a passenger train collided with a freight train near the central Pakistan city of Multan, rescuers and a railway officials said. (AP Photo/Asim Tanveer)

    People look at a mangled passenger train that had collided with freight train near Multan, Pakistan, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Scores of passengers were killed and many others were hurt Thursday when a passenger train collided with a freight train near the central Pakistan city of Multan, rescuers and a railway officials said. (AP Photo/Asim Tanveer)  (The Associated Press)

  • An ambulance carries victims of a train accident to a hospital near Multan, Pakistan, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Scores of passengers were killed and many others were hurt Thursday when a passenger train collided with a freight train near the central Pakistan city of Multan, rescuers and a railway officials said. (AP Photo/Asim Tanveer)

    An ambulance carries victims of a train accident to a hospital near Multan, Pakistan, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Scores of passengers were killed and many others were hurt Thursday when a passenger train collided with a freight train near the central Pakistan city of Multan, rescuers and a railway officials said. (AP Photo/Asim Tanveer)  (The Associated Press)

Rescue and railway officials say at least six passengers have been killed in train accident near the Pakistan city of Multan.

Rescue official Kalim Ullah says more than 100 passengers were also hurt in the pre-dawn crash Thursday when a Karachi-bound train collided with a freight train at Sher Shah, a town near Multan.

Railway official Saima Bashir confirmed the accident and said suspected negligence on the part of passenger train engineer may have caused the accident. She said the freight train had stopped so the driver could remove the body of a man who had been crushed to death while crossing the railway track.

She said the passenger train hit the freight train from behind. The injured passengers have been taken to local hospitals.