16 killed as two trains collide in B’baria

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At least 16 people were killed and 40 were injured in a collision between two intercity trains at Mondobhag Railway Crossing of Kosba Upazila in Brahmanbaria on early Tuesday.

One of the trains, Turna Nishitha Express, was going to Dhaka from Chattogram while the other one, Udayan Express, was going to Chattogram from Sylhet.

Brahmanbaria deputy commissioner Hayat ud Doula Khan said, ‘Of the victims, nine died on the spot while the rest died at hospitals and some of the injured were admitted to Comilla Medical College Hospital.’

Nine of the deceased have been identified so far. They are — Mujibur Rahman, 55, of Chandpur; Yasin, 12, of Habiganj; Sujan Ahmed, 24, of Habignaj; Zaheda Khatun, 30, of Moulvibazar; Kulsum Begum, 30, of Chandpur; Al Amin, 30, of Habiganj; Ali Md Yousuf, 32, of Habiganj; Adiba, 2, of Habiganj; and Sohamoni, 2, of Brahmanbaria.

Seven compartments of Udayan Express were derailed and locomotive of Turna Nishita Express was derailed in the accident, said railways ministry secretary Md Mofazzel Hossain.

Two relief trains already recovered the derailed rolling stocks, the railways secretary said.

Bangladesh Railways authorities said that they suspended three staff — Taser Uddin, loco master of Turna Nishitha Express, Apu Dey, assistant loco master of the train, and working guard Abdur Rahman, after the accident.

The accident at about 3:00am, BR officials said.

Railway officials said that the accident might have taken place due to mismatch of signals and as a result, the locomotive of Turna Nishita hit the compartments of Udayan Express on the other line.

Kasba Railway station master Zakir Hossain said that Turna Nishita Express, violating signal, hit the Udayan Express.

Railways minister Nurul Islam Sujan visited the spot.

The minister said that they initially assumed that the accident took place due to the mistake of the loco master of Turna Nishithar.

Five probe committees had been formed in this connection, he added.

Rail communications on Dhaka-Chattogram and Chattogram-Sylhet routes remained suspended for about eight hours after the accident.

The railway communications of Chattogram with Dhaka and Sylhet were restored at about 10:50am on Tuesday.

Engineering department of Bangladesh Railway repaired the line after the train accident, said BR East region general manager Nasir Uddin Ahmed.

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