Dhaka – At least four people were killed and dozens others injured after coaches of a an express train derailed and fell on a canal in north-eastern Moulvibazar district, police and railway officials said on Monday.
The accident occurred at midnight Sunday when the Upaban Express train heading towards Dhaka from Sylhet city veered off the tracks after a culvert over the Barochhara Canal, 200 yards off Baramchal Railway Station, broke down, police officer Yardous Hasan said.
The accident site is nearly 155 kilometers north-east from the capital Dhaka.
Rescuers from the Fire Service and Civil Defence department and railway police rushed to the scene soon after the accident. They found four passengers dead and rescued 65 other passengers who sustained injuries.
The injured were sent to different hospitals in Moulvibazar and Sylhet.
Police said two of the rail carriages fell into the canal and one of them overturned. Few other carriages derailed on the bank of the canal, they said.
An official from the fire-fighting department said the rescuers completed searches inside all the derailed coaches.
Railway communication between Sylhet and all other parts of the country has been snapped after the accident.
The government launched an investigation into the accident. A four-man panel headed by Mizanur Rahman, chief mechanical engineer (east), has been asked to report back in three working days, Mozammel Hossain, secretary to the ministry of railway, told reporters at the accident site.
The railway department has sent relief train to rescue to the derailed coaches. Experts and mechanics were also sent to the scene to rehabilitate the damaged rail bridge and the track.