5 people dead, 100+ injured as Bangladesh train derails

Published on : Monday, June 24, 2019

A passenger train derailed in Bangladesh on June 24th, killing at least five people and injuring more than 100 others. The train was crossing a bridge on its way to Dhaka from the eastern city of Sylhet when it derailed. The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained. The number of victims may rise after two train carriages fell into a canal.






Upon arriving at the scene at around 3:40 am on June 24th, the district’s Deputy Commissioner, Tofayel Islam, told reporters that they cannot say for sure how this happened until the team of engineers and specialists comes and determines the reason. An investigation committee is also likely to be formed for this.





Sources in Moulvibazar police said that the driver reportedly kept going even after five bogies supporting the carriages had derailed.





As per the officials, part of the bridge collapsed as the express train went over, sending five cars crashing to the ground, with one of them landing in the water. Scores of people were trapped in the accident at Kalaura, 300 km (185 mi) from Dhaka.




Local people joined fire and police teams in pulling the dead and injured out of the wreckage, as per Rashidul Hasan, a police superintendent.




Twenty-one of the injured were taken to a hospital in Sylhet, the nearest city, in serious condition. Train services from Dhaka to the northeast were stopped because of the accident.




Train accidents are common in Bangladesh because of poor signalling and rundown tracks.




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