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.
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.