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Rail communication between Dhaka-northern districts normal after 30hrs

  • Published at 11:13 pm November 15th, 2019
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Dhaka Tribune

Train services resumed completely around 8:30pm on Friday

Train communication between Dhaka and the northern and south-western regions have returned to normal more than 30 hours after a passenger train derailed in Sirajganj.

Pakshi Divisional Railway Manager Mizanur Rahman said the train services resumed completely around 8:30pm on Friday, after a relief train cleared the rail tracks removing the derailed coaches and the locomotive.

Due to the accident, around 200 metres of rail line one and 50 metres of rail line two were damaged, he said. 

However, it will take an additional 24 hours to repair the rail line one, the railway official said.

On Thursday, the locomotive and seven coaches of Lalmonirhat-bound Rangpur Express went off the rails after it left Ullapara Railway Station around 1:30pm. 

The engine of the intercity train caught fire, which then spread to four coaches including an air-conditioned one. 

At least 25 people were injured in the accident.

After the derailment, rail links between Dhaka and the northern along with south-western regions remained cut for seven hours, collapsing the schedule of trains of that route.

The services resumed partially around 9pm on Thursday on rail line two. 

Four probe committees were formed to investigate the incident.

Earlier on Tuesday, 16 people were killed and scores injured in a collision between two trains in Brahmanbaria.