Bangladesh train collision: 17 killed, many injured

Reuters October 24,2023 - 07:45 AM

Bangladesh train collision

Rescue workers from the Fire Service and Civil Defence work to move the derailed compartments in order to restore the rail communication after two trains collided in Bhairab, about 80 kilometres northeast of the capital Dhaka, Bangladesh, October 23, 2023. | REUTERS/Piyas Biswas

DHAKA -At least 17 people were killed and scores injured on Monday, October 23, 2023, after two trains collided in eastern Bangladesh, police said.

A passenger train crashed into a freight train in Bhairab, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) northeast of the capital Dhaka.

“Seventeen bodies have been recovered and many injured taken to hospital,” said Anowar Hossain, superintendent of Dhaka Railway Police, adding the death toll could climb as rescue operations were ongoing.

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The freight train smashed into the passenger train from behind, crumpling two coaches, he said.

“Initial reports suggest the freight train broke the signal, leading to the tragedy,” Hossain said.

Authorities have launched a formal investigation.

“Many people got trapped inside after the collision. When it happened, most of the people died then,” Mohammad Masud, local fire service chief, told reporters.

Train accidents are not uncommon in Bangladesh, mostly attributed to unsupervised rail crossings, poor signalling and track conditions.

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