• Friday, Sep 24, 2021
  • Last Update : 01:28 am

20 injured as ferry hits Padma Bridge pillar

  • Published at 02:10 pm July 23rd, 2021
ferry padma bridge
A ro-ro ferry Shahjalal on Shimulia-Banglabazar route hit pillar no 17 of the Padma bridge after its master lost control over the vessel on the way to Shimulia ghat in Munshiganj on Friday, July 23, 2021 PhotoUNB

The accident was caused by strong current in the river, says ferry master

At least 20 people have been injured in a ferry accident in the Padma River in Munshiganj, officials said on Friday.

The accident occurred when a ro-ro ferry, named Shahjalal, crashed into a pillar of the Padma Bridge near the Mawa area of Munshiganj at around 9am, reports UNB.

Though the front part of the vessel has been mangled, there was no structural damage to the bridge, the officials said, adding that all the injured had been admitted to nearby hospitals.

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) Assistant General Manager Shafiqul Islam said the passengers fell over each other as the ferry hit the pillar.


Also Read - Cargo ship with Padma Bridge construction materials sinks in Hatiya


"Some 33 vehicles that the ferry was carrying also sustained minor damages due to the impact of the crash, which completely destroyed the pantry area of the vessel," he said.

The ferry master, Abdur Rahman, said the steering wheel got dislocated as the vessel's electrical circuit broke down suddenly and strong river current triggered the crash.

BIWTC suspended the ferry master later in the day for failing to operate the vessel properly, reports BSS.

The bridge authority has expressed concern as three ferries have collided with the pillars this month alone.

58
Facebook 51
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail