LAHORE - The Railways inquiry committee has held the driver responsible for the Thursday incident in Gujranwala which claimed two lives.

The three members committee said the train driver Muhammad Riaz did not stop the train despite signal. They added the report was presented to the PR general manager. Chief Mechanical Engineer Tariq Khan, Chief Signal Engineer Muhammad Aslam and Waqar were the members of inquiry team.

According to the reports, four bogies of the train travelling from Lahore to Rawalpindi on Thursday derailed near Gujranwala Railway Station, killing two people and injuring several others. The decedents included a woman and a child.

Minister for PR Khwaja Saad Rafique visited the accident site and announced Rs 5 lacs for each victim. A separate statement issued by the PR said the accident took place after the driver could not control the train at its designated location. Meanwhile, the train service resumed after workers removed engine.

A local TV reported Pakistan maintains a poor railway system and old coaches. Many Pakistanis avoid travelling by train on account of low safety standards. Earlier this month, fourteen members of a family were killed when a speedy train hit a rickshaw at a crossing near Khanpur village, about 50 kilometres from Gujranwala, said the TV report. 

“In one of the worst railways accidents in country's history, three passenger trains collided on July 13, 2005 at the Sarhad Railway Station near Ghotki, resulting in over 150 people’s deaths and then the PR authorities had said that one of the trains failed to stop after the driver misread the signal, resulting in the massive triple-train collision.” Similarly, On January 3, 1990, around 350 people were killed in an accident at Sangi, some 15km from Sukkur, which is said to be the biggest ever train accident in Pakistan.