Probe body formed to investigate Kushtia train derailment

Our Correspondent

7 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

KUSHTIA: A five-member probe body has been formed to look into the incidence of the derailment of a freight train near Kushtia station on Friday that caused suspension of regular railway services on the Kushtia-Rajbari route for the second day on Saturday.

The probe body headed by Ashish Kumar Mandal, mechanical engineer of Pakshi Divisional Railway, visited the spot on Saturday, Pakshi divisional railway manager (DRM) Mohmmad Shahidul Islam said.

On Friday afternoon, five bogies of the goods train veered off the tracks after hitting a rail track inspection trolley at Milpara near Kushtia railway station, said Station Master MA Zaman. Fortunately, no one was injured in the accident.

A relief train from Ishwardi was rushed to the spot on Friday itself, "and efforts are still on to remove the derailed boggies from the tracks", officials said.

The derailment has halted the movement of as many as five passenger trains on the Kushtia-Rajbari and Rajshahi-Tungipara routes, they said.

Birbal Mandal, engineer of Pakshi division, however, said that two separate probe bodies were formed to investigate the derailment. Members of the committee will visit the spot on Saturday, he added.

The driver of the derailed train, Mostafizur Rahman, said, "The freight train carrying wagons of wheat was on its way to Kumarkhali after getting clearance from the authorities concerned."

Meanwhile, Saiful islam, Railway permanent way inspector, has been suspended for negligence.