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Accident Again at Level Crossing

Cop among 3 killed as train hits bus in Ctg

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 5 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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Cop among 3 killed as train hits bus in Ctg

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CHATTOGRAM: Three people, including a traffic police, were killed and 10 others injured in a collision among a train, a bus and an auto-rickshaw at a level-crossing in Khulshi area of the port city on Saturday.

The deceased were identified as traffic constable Monirul Islam, 40, of Begumganj in Noakhali, Syed Bahauddin Ahmed, 30, of Hamzarbag area and Sajjad, 19, a student of Pahartali College in the city.

 Sources said a DEMU train was going from Nazirhat to Chattogram station around 11:00am. As it reached Jhautala level-crossing in Khulshi, an intercity bus went on the crossing, defying signal from traffic constable Monir, they said.

 The train hit the bus which rammed into a CNG-run auto-rickshaw, leaving three people dead and at least 10 injured.

Locals recovered the bodies and sent the injured to Chattogram Medical College Hospital (CMCH).

 The auto-rickshaw and the bus were damaged badly in the accident, the sources added.

Locals alleged that gateman Alamgir was not present at the level-crossing while its barriers were not lowered during the arrival of the train.

They also alleged that the gateman used to remain absent from duty and engage children to lower the bars at the important level-crossing on Jakir Hossain Road, one of the main roads connecting the port city with Dhaka-Chattogram and Chattogram-Cox’s Bazar highways.

 Railway Chattogram Superintendent of Police (SP) Md Hasan Chowdhury told the Daily Sun that a three-member committee headed by Additional SP Abdul Gafur was formed to investigate the accident.

 The committee was asked to submit an investigation report within three days, he said.

 The injured were undergoing treatment in CMCH, the SP added.

Railway (East) General Manager Jahangir Hossain said they would also form a committee and stern action will be taken against the gateman if negligence of his duty is found.

Sources at the railways ministry say there are some 1,149 unauthorised level crossings which do not have gatemen.

They say that many of the accidents took place at the unauthorised level crossings.

Over 80 accidents took place in last 11 months while some 14 accidents occurred in August alone.

Earlier, at least five people were injured on August 13 as a lorry carrying gas collided with a train near Mirerbazar area in Gazipur.

In another mishap, a helper was killed as a truck hit a running Khulna mail train while trying to cross an unmanned level crossing at Kazirhat point near Chilahati Railway Station in Nilphamari on August 24.