Dhaka –At least 16 people have been killed and many others wounded after two intercity trains collided near a railway station in eastern Bangladesh on Tuesday, officials said.
Dhaka-bound Turna Nishita train hit the Chattogram-bound Udayan Express at around 3 am leaving three coaches of the latter damage. The occurred near Mondobhag Railway Station in Brahmanbaria district when the Udayan Express was changing tracks, chief of the district administration Hayat ud-Dawla Khan, told newsnextbd.com.
Nine of the victims killed on the scene while seven others died in hospitals after the Turna Nishita hit three tail-end coaches of the Udayan. More than 60 other wounded passengers were admitted to different hospitals, he said.
Railway Minister Nurul Islam Sujon said the accident might have occurred because of the driver’s mistake that resulted in immediate suspension of three members of the railway staff.
The driver, his assistant and a guard of the Turna Nishita train was suspended from the service, he said.
“It is presumed that the loco master of one of the trains had entered into the track designated for the other ignoring the signal,” he said during a visit to the scene.
The authorities launched investigation into the accident to determine its cause. The probe committee was asked to report back in three days.
The minister also announced 100,000 taka package of compensation for the families of those died in the accident. The government also took responsibility for medical treatment of all the injured.
Train links between Dhaka and other eastern districts, including the south-eastern port city of Chattogram and north-eastern city of Sylhet, have been restored nearly eight hours after the accident.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed shock at the deaths of the train passengers.
Prime Minister Hasina asked the railway authorities to launch extensive higher-level training for the locomotive drivers.
Train accident is frequent in Bangladesh thanks mainly to its dilapidated tracks and lack of training among railway staff.