Train hits rickshaws in Pakistan killing seven school children

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At least seven school children were killed in eastern Pakistan on Friday when a train crushed the motorised rickshaws they were travelling in at a railway crossing, officials said.

Another five children were being treated in hospital after the early morning accident in the town of Lodhran, police official Mumtaz Mekon said.

All the victims were between five and eight years old and were on their way to school in two motorbike rickshaws, he added.

The drivers misjudged the speed of an approaching train due to heavy fog and attempted to cross the rails at an ungated crossing, Mekon said.

Railways Minister Saad Rafiq said an inquiry had been ordered to determine who was responsible for the deadly incident.

More than 60 people died in incidents involving trains in 2015, said railway spokesman Ashraf Lanjaar. (dpa/NAN)

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