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Train-microbus collision: Death toll rises to 11

  • Published at 12:24 pm July 16th, 2019
Locals and relatives of the victims wait outside the morgue of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib General Hospital, Sirajganj on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Police blamed the microbus driver for the accident

The death toll from Siranganj train and microbus collision has increased to 11.

Confirming the matter, Additional District Magistrate Md Tofazzal Hossain told Dhaka Tribune that Bhashan Sheikh, 65, died while being taken to a hospital on Monday night.

He said they came to know about his death later at night.

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ADM Tofazzal said the bodies were handed over to the families at Sirajganj 250-Bed Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib General Hospital early Tuesday. 

He, however, said none of the bodies were autopsied as the victims’ families did not press any charges.

The ADM also announced that Tk25,000 will be provided to the victims’ families with the help of their respective Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) from the relief fund of the Deputy Commissioner during the handover of bodies.

Also Read- 10 killed in train-microbus collision at Sirajganj level crossing

A total of 11 people, including a newlywed couple, died in the collision between Dhaka-bound train Padma Express and a microbus at a level crossing in Ullapara upazila on Monday.

According to Ullapara police Inspector Md Golam Mostofa, the level crossing—where the accident took place-- had no gates or guards.

On the other hand, Bangladesh Railway’s west zone Divisional Manager Mizanur Rahman blamed the microbus driver for the accident as he rushed to cross the level crossing even after seeing the incoming train.

Probe body formed

A six-member probe body-- led by Additional Deputy Commissioner Md Firoz Mahmud-- was formed on Tuesday morning.

Confirming the matter, ADM Tofazzal told Dhaka Tribune that the probe committee has been ordered to submit their report within the next six working days.

Earlier, another four-member probe committee was formed by Pakshi Railway Department on Monday night to investigate the matter.

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