Published:  12:49 PM, 01 November 2019

Survivors say burning train took 20 minutes to stop, 74 dead

Survivors say burning train took 20 minutes to stop, 74 dead
A raging fire swept through a train in Pakistan's eastern Punjab Province on Thursday, killing 74 people, and survivors said afterward it took nearly 20 minutes for the train to stop amid contradictory reports about the condition of the train's brakes.Three carriages were consumed by flames from a fire caused by a cooking gas stove and dozens of people jumped in panic from the speeding train.Conductor Sadiue Ahmed Khan told The Associated Press the train's emergency breaking system was in perfect working order and the train stopped within three minutes after the first signs of fire."This is the worst tragedy in my life as a driver," he said.Investigators said they will be looking at the train's braking system to determine its condition at the time of the fire. Survivors recounted pulling at emergency cords that weave through the train to notify the conductor, but they said the train continued to speed down the tracks.

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