Alexa B’baria train collision: Death toll climbs to 16

Dhaka, Saturday   07 December 2019

B’baria train collision: Death toll climbs to 16

 Brahmanbaria Correspondent

 Published: 11:20 AM, 12 November 2019   Updated: 08:17 PM, 12 November 2019

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

The death toll rises to 16 and hundreds wounded in a fatal collision of two trains on the Dhaka-Chattogram route in Mandbagh railway station under Kasba Upazila of Brahmanbaria. 

Meanwhile, 8 bodies have been identified. They are — Al-Amin, son of Ayub Hossain of Madanamorad area of Baniachong Upazila of Habiganj; Ali Mohammad Yusuf, son of Md Hassan of Anwarpur area; Sujan, resident of of Pirergaon area of Charanaughat Upazila; Yasin and Zahida Khatun of Habiganj; Mojibur Rahman, his wife Kulsuma, and their child Adiba of Rajgaon area of Hajiganj Upazila of Chandpur.  

Members of the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) identified the victims by taking their fingerprints.

Earlier, the deadly collision took place at 3:20 am on the Dhaka-Chattogram route in Mandbagh Railway Station crossing. So far, 8 bodies have been identified. The figure of the dead may go up further.  

Zakir Hossain Chowdhury, Station Master of Mandbagh Railway Station said that Dhaka-bound Turna Nishita from Chattogram hit Chattogram-bound Udayan Express from Sylhet while the Chattogram bound intercity train was changing its track at the station.

Rescue trains were coming to the spot to retrieve the missing bogies. In addition, the fire service and police are conducting rescue work, he added.

Meanwhile, the Sylhet-Dhaka rail link with Chattogram has been snapped since the incident. On the other hand, Brahmanbaria DC Hayat-ud-Daula Khan and SP Md Anisur Rahman visited the spot.

“Initially, it appears that the Turna Nishitha train violated the signal and hit the Udayan Express train by entering the line,” said DC Hayat-ud-Daula Khan. “However, a three-member probe committee has been formed led by Additional District Magistrate Mitu Maryam to investigate the real cause.”

Shyamal Kanti Das, officer-in-charge (OC) of Akhaura Railway Police Station said Some of the bogies of the two trains were derailed. “There are speculations that there may be more bodies under the rubble.”

Bangladesh Railway authorities have formed two separate probe bodies while Brahmanbaria district administration formed another probe body to investigate the deadly incident.