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Sonar Bangla Express Accident

4 BR officials suspended

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 18 April, 2023 12:00 AM
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4 BR officials suspended

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The railway authorities have suspended four officials, including a locomotive master, over a collision between Sonar Bangla Express train and a freight train in Cumilla on Sunday.

The four are Abdul Quader, guard of Chattogram division, Jasim Uddin, locomotive master of Dhaka headquarters, Md Mohsin, assistant locomotive master and Wahid, signal maintainer at Hasanpur Station.

Bangladesh Railway formed a four-member investigation committee led by Tareque Mohammad Imran, a divisional traffic officer of Bangladesh Railway, to find the cause of the accident. They have been asked to submit the report in three working days.

Several compartments of the Dhaka-bound passenger train from Chattogram derailed after it hit the freight train from behind at Hasanpur Railway Station in Nangalkot of Cumilla at 6:30 pm on Sunday.

Nearly 50 people were injured in the accident. The high-speed Sonar Bangla Express train mistakenly entered the loop line instead of the main line due to a ‘wrong’ signal. The train hit a freight train and five of its compartments were derailed.

The incident brought train service from Dhaka and Sylhet to Chattogram, Noakhali and Chandpur to a halt for two and a half hours.

The Sonar Bangla Express on the Dhaka-Chattogram route will not operate today due to repair work, the Ministry of Railways said in a statement.

The train service is expected to resume at 8:00 am on Wednesday. According to the ministry, passengers who have already booked tickets online can apply for a refund.