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B'baria DC: Turna Nishita loco master didn't obey signals

  • Published at 01:26 pm November 12th, 2019
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File photo: Fire fighters conducting rescue operation at the scene of the accident near Mondobhag Railway Station in Kasba upazila of Brahmanbaria, in November 12, 2019 Courtesy of Md Sohag

At least 16 people were killed in a head-on collision of two intercity trains

Brahmanbaria Deputy Commissioner Hayat-ud-Dowla Khan has said the train accident occurred because the loco master of the Dhaka-bound Turna Nishita Express from Chittagong did not obey the signal.

He made the statement to reporters on Tuesday.

The deputy commissioner put the train operator at fault for the fatal accident. He said: "Soon after the accident, the railway authorities, with the help of locals, began the rescue operation.

"Later, members of fire service and civil defense, army, police, and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) joined in the rescue mission."

Reiterating the statement of the deputy commissioner, Mondobagh Railway Station Master Zakir Hossain Chowdhury said the loco master of Turna Nishita ignored the outer home signal, which was emitting the red light, and hit Udayan Express while it was changing its track.

At least 16 people were killed and over 50 injured when two intercity trains collided head-on near Mondobagh Railway Station in Kasba upazila of Brahmanbaria early Tuesday.

Barkatullah, Brahmanbaria Fire Service and Civil Defense control room duty officer, said the death toll may rise as the rescue operation progresses.

The rail links on the Dhaka-Chittagong route and Chittagong-Sylhet route were snapped after the accident. 

Meanwhile, three separate probe committees were formed to investigate the mishap.