A four-member committee has been formed to investigate the train derailment in Kulaura of Moulvibazar that left five passengers dead and more than 200 others injured last night.
Bangladesh Railway formed the body headed by Mizanur Rahman, chief mechanical engineer (east) on Monday.The railway authorities have asked the committee to submit its report in the next three working days,
Secretary of Railways Ministry Md Mozammel Hossain confirmed the news.
The accident took place when six coaches of Dhaka-bound ‘Upaban Express’ from Sylhet veered off the tracks around 11:40pm after a culvert over the Barochhara Canal, 200 yards off Baramchal Railway Station, broke down, said Yardous Hasan, officer-in-charge of Kulaura Police Station.
Two of the coaches fell into the canal and one of them overturned, he said.
Five bodies were recovered from the canal, said Nurun Nabi, an officer of Fenchuganj fire service who was on the spot. Identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.
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.