At least seven people were killed and about 250 passengers injured as Dhaka bound ‘Upaban Express’ veered off the rail track on Sunday night.
Two bogies of the intercity train fell into the canal after derailment and a bogy was overturned at around 11:45pm on Sunday night.The accident took place on a bridge near Kalamia Bazar, 200 meter away from Baramchal railway station in Kulaura upazila in Moulvibazar district.
A passenger of the ill-fated train Shahed Ahmed, acting principal of Jointapur Imran Ahmad Degree College, said that two coaches of the train derailed and fell into the canal and a compartment turned-turtle.
He further said that several passengers died on the spot and at least 200 passengers of other coaches were injured in a fierce shock.
Two of the deceased could be identified among the seven. They are Monowara Parvin, 48, and Fahmida Yeasmin, 20.
Yardous Hasan, officer-in-charge of Kulaura Police Station, said six bogies of Dhaka-bound ‘Upaban Express’ train from Sylhet veered off the tracks around 11:40pm after a culvert over the Barochhara Canal, 200 yards off Baramchal Railway Station, broke down.
Two of the bogies fell into the canal and one of them overturned, he said.Earlier, Kulaura Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer, Nurul Huq told ‘daily sun’ that seven bodies had been brought to hospital.
Sub-inspector Harunur Rashid, duty office at the police station, said around 1:45am on Monday that they recovered four bodies from the spot.
Moulvibazar Police Super Mohammad Shahajalal said two platoons of BGB members were engaged in rescue operation.
He said a number of ambulances from government and non-government hospitals of the region carried the injured passengers to hospitals with the help of the district administration and police.
On information, 27 units of fire service members, police and locals rushed in, and conducted the rescue operation, said officer-in-charge of Kulaura Government Railway Police Station Md Abdul Malek.
Kulaura Rail Station local in-charge Dulal Chandra Das said the train was overloaded with passengers as the bus services on Dhaka-Sylhet Highway remained halted as a bailey bridge at Shahabajpur in Sarail of Brahmanbaria district collapsed.
He said the injured were taken to Kulaura Health Complex, Moulvibazar Sadar Hospital, Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital and some local hospitals.
The accident disrupted Sylhet’s rail communications with other parts of the country, including the capital.
Meanwhile, a three-member probe body, including Railway’s east-zone engineer Mizanur Rahman, was formed to probe the incident.