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Kulaura train derailment: Passengers blame overcrowding

  • Published at 02:23 pm June 24th, 2019
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Photo shows one of the derailed bogies of Upaban Express train at Baramchal in Moulvibazar’s Kulaura upazila during a rescue operation in the early hours of Monday, June 24, 2019 Couresy: Asmit Aovi

Railway traffic blames overloading

Passengers of Upaban Express, which derailed while crossing a culvert in Kulaura upazila of Moulvibazar, blamed overcrowding of the train as the main cause for the disaster.

At least four people have been killed and around 67 injured after an intercity train derailed at Baramchal.

Talking to Dhaka Tribune, many of the passengers of the ill-fated train said most of the bogies were overcrowded with passengers, mostly standing in the walkways and crowding near the doors.

“There was no space inside the train bogies; people were standing crammed against each other and heading for their destinations,” said Rafiq Ali, a passenger who escaped unhurt as he was in the third bogie of the train.

However, Kulaura Railway Junction Traffic Inspector (TIC) Ataur Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune that he believes overloading and additional bogies were the reasons behind the mishap. 

“Additional bogies were attached to this train. These bogies have very old suspensions which can cause such accidents. At the same time, the speed which the train maintained when the accident happened should also be considered. However, primarily it is believed that overloading is the prime reason,” he added.

Witnesses said passengers from the train started crying for help after it derailed and fell into Barochhara Canal and locals rushed in to the rescue after the disaster was announced through loudspeakers.