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Rail communications resumes after 7hrs

  • Published at 11:24 pm November 14th, 2019
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This screengrab from a Facebook video shows bogies of Rangpur Express train have derailed and caught fire in Ullapara of Sirajganj on Thursday, November 14, 2019 Collected

Eight bogies of "Rangpur Express" had derailed

Rail communications between northern Bangladesh and Dhaka resumed after seven hours after "Rangpur Express" train derailed in Sirajganj.

The rail communications returned to normal at 9pm on Thursday.

Western region Pakshi rail Divisional Traffic Officer (DTO) Md Abdullah Al Mamun and Ullapara Assistant Station Master Md Rafiqul Islam confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

In a different arrangement, some bogies were taken to Jamtail station through line 2 of the rail link. On the other hand, some toppled over bogies were withdrawn by a relief train.

Two trains have left Ullapara station: "Chitra Express" left Lahiri Mohanpur station from Khulna to Dhaka and "Drutojan Express" left from Dinajpur to Dhaka. Another train "Akota Express" left from Dhaka to Dinajpur from Jamtail station around 9pm.

Trail derailment at Sirajganj

Eight bogies of "Rangpur Express" had derailed, among which two had caught fire in Ullapara of Sirajganj.

The accident occurred just after the Rangpur-bound train, coming from Dhaka, left the platform of the Ullapara rail station around 1:30pm Thursday, assistant Station Master of Ullapara rail station Rafiqul Islam told Dhaka Tribune.

"After receiving the clearance from the lineman, the train left for Rangpur on the Sirajganj-Ishwardi track. However, as soon as it left Ullapara rail station, the locomotive suddenly lifted from the ground, causing eight bogies to derail," Rafiqul said.

Although nearly 20 people were injured, no one has died, the assistant station master added.